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Facial Diagnosis 

Translated and with Notes 


Aug. F. Reinhold.M.A. 

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...Facial Diagnosis. 

''Facial Diagnosis'' is essentially an ante-diagnosis, 
enabling us both to foresee and fore- 
stall any ailment. 


A free and abridged translation with notes. 


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Preface— By the Translator, Page 9 

Introduction— By the Author, 

Notes on Introduction— By the Translator, 

Existing Methods of Diagnosis, 

What Facial Diagnosis Means, 

The Healthy Man, 

The Normal Figure, 

Variations in the Shape of the Body Kesulting 

FROM Deposits of Forekjn Matter, .... 

A — Front Encumbrance, 

B — Side Encumbrance, 

C — Back Encumbrance, 

D— Mixed and Universal Encumbranc^e, .... 

Diseases of the Internal Organs 

Facial Diagnosis IN Practice, 

Removal OF Encumbrance, 

Increasing the Vitality, 

What Shall We IUt ? 

Where Shall We Eat? . . . . . ... 

When Shall We Eat? . . . . . . . . 

Relation of Facial Diagnosis to Phrenology, 

Summary— By the Translator, . V 

Skjns of Health— By the Translator, . . 

SYMPTO>iS oVf Plsease— By the Translator, ^ . - . 




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with which the subject is treated, no less than the revolution its ap- 
pearance must make in existing methods of diagnosis and treatment 
of disease, is undoubtedly destined to a place among the classics of 
science. As theexclusive work of one man, it is an immense achieve- 
ment. Such forms of disease as cancer, consumption, blindness, etc., 
which have, heretofore, been considered utterly incurable, and are 
possible of treatment only after they have gained considerable hold 
upon the system, can, by Louis Kuhne's .Method of Facial Diagnosis 
be readily and effect! vely treated at any stage, eyen previous to their 
definite development. 

But still another important service is rendered by this work, in 
enabling us to learn, from the study of ancient busts and statues, 
the then prevailing types of disease and disorder; and, through a 
knowledge of these, to read, in the down-fall of the nations suffering 
from them, a lesson for the enlightenment and uplifting of the civiliza- 
tions of the future, whose surest foundations are laid in perfect 
physical health. 

The Translator. 


Facial Diagnosis is the ability to determine the physical status 
of a person from external appearances. By its use, it is possible to 
discover accurately the amount and location of matter in the body, 
foreign to its normal condition; and, by recognizing incipient tenden- 
cies to special phases of disorder, not only to warn the patient of the 
danger impending, but to summarily counteract the same by natural 
and unfailing means. 

This method of diagnosis is* really an auxiliary of the great 
Natural Science of Healing by Water. Only one who has accepted 
the principles of that mode of treatment, is in a position to fully 
appreciate the scope and power of this discovery, a few of the 
axioms of which I give.* 

1. There is but one cause of physical disorder, and, properly 
speaking, hut one disease; though this, being subject to the widely 
differing influences of heredity, climate, food, age, vocation, etc., 
necessarily manifests itself in greatly varying aspects; its specific 
location becoming evident by the external alteration of some part, 
or organ of the body. 

2. The one common cause of all disease, is the presence of foreign 
substances in the body. Effete and foul accumulations, all substances, 
in fact, not directly conducive to the growth and development of the 
organism, are first deposited near the orifices of the abdomen;** 
but, by degrees, are carried to all parts of the body, especially to 
the neck and head. It is these corrupt deposits, that in time com- 
pletely change the shape of the body. Knowing the outline of the 
normal form, the intelligent observer can trace the slightest devia- 
tion from it, and so is enabled to estimate exactly the character 
and extent of the consequent disorder. 

3. There is no sickness without fever, and no fever without sick- 
ness; because, no sooner is any foreign matter introduced into the 
body, than the battle between the organism and that matter begins; 

♦See Principles of Water Cure by A. F. Reinhold, M. A. 

** Deposits may accumulate in any excretory organ, the Lungs, kidneys, skin» 
-etc., whenever secretion is impeded.— A R. 

and it is this strife — ^this friction — which appears as fever* 
This statement is accepted unquestionably regarding external matter. 
The irritation caused by a splinter in the finger, or a grain of sand 
in the eye, manifests itself, at once, in inflammation of the parts con- 
cerned, and the natural course pursued is, immediate extraction of 
the offending particles. These common illustrations clearly demon- 
strate the fact, that, as disorder in an organism can arise only from 
the presence of anti-normal substances, and that nature never fails 
to protest against such axicumulations, every phase of ill-health 
must necessarily be accompanied by more or less fever. This may 
be slight at first, and, perhaps, run its course as chronic fever, prin- 
cipally in the interior of the organism; but it is liable at any moment, 
provoked by a sudden change of temperature, mental excitement, 
etc., to manifest itself in some external form, with — one might say — 
explosive violence, as in cases of diphtheria, cholera, etc. 

Mental disorders, also, and those dreaded forms of disease, can- 
cer, consumption, paralysis, us well as deafness, blindness, etc., have 
all succumbed, at last, to the treatment made possible by this un- 
failing system of diagnosis. 

* Fever is a process of fermentation, by which the solid deposits are liquified,, 
prior to their expulsion from the system. — A. R. 

Notes on Kuhne's Introduction. 


Medical practitioners have a kind of Prognosis, by which, when 
some form of disease has actually made its appearance, they can 
predict its final issue with some degree of accuracy. But they have 
no means whatever at their command, by which theycan/b/iefe//the 
approach of a malady. This book is the Srst, and the only work 
which treats of the subject of an Ante-Diagnosis, and in so doing, 
throws light upon what has heretofore been considered the ^mystery' 
of sickness. 

This method of Diagnosis should appeal more particularly to 
women, too, because, while furnishing a more exact and reliable 
method of ascertaining the character of the disease, it entirely dis- 
penses with all operative treatment, or local examination of the 
genitals, which is necessarily so repellent to the patient. In my 
opinion, any woman who continues to submit to the crude, un- 
natural, and unnecessary practice oi Local Examination, after this 
simple and wholly imobjectionable mode of diagnosis has once been 
brought to her notice, commits a crime against her husband, her 
children, and her own purer self. This practice alone is perhaps suffi- 
cient to account for the depravity met with now on every side. To 
what extent the sacred meaning of marriage has been thereby dis- 
regarded, and the standard of feminine chastity lowered, (and conse- 
quently the moral tone throughout the nation) can only be realized 
after a generation has developed under purer influences and more 
natural and helpful conditions. 

But a physician may ask, '*What is to be done in case of cancer 
of the womb ? Unless, however, he has the ability to cure the can- 
cer, Avhatis the object of the examination? By Facial Diagnosis, 
the tendency to, or possibility of, cancer would have been seen and 
averted years before, but even if the trouble is somewhat advanced, 
(unless under medical mismanagement it has really become aggra- 
vated beyond all hope of recovery) it may yet be cured by the use of 
hygienic measures. It is easy to see that all such severe forms of 
disease, are flnal stages, caused by encumbrance of the body. It is 
evidently impossible to relieve this condition by drugs, for they are, 
in themselves, poisons, and, taken into the system, lower the 

vitality. They likewise make it more difficult than ever to remove 
the existing impurities, and at the same time add to the accumu- 
lation of foreign matter in the body. Instead of such a method^ 
our own system of cure consists in lavings and baths of a prescribed 
kind, combined with a simple, natural mode of life and diet, care- 
fully adapted to each individual case. 

Facial Diagnosis also shows clearly the causes of onanism, im- 
potence, barrenness, miscarriage, difficult parturition, inability to 
nurse the infant, feeble offspring, etc., and also points out the only 
rational and positive cure for these evils. He who knows the cause, 
is thereby master also of the cure. 

This method is, beside, the only knoAvn means by which parents 
can deffnitely ascertain the physical condition and latent possibilities 
of their children. It should, therefore, be made a careful study by 
all upon whom rests the responsibility of taking care of the young. 

Facial Diagnosis gives a rational definition of JSeaatj', showing all 
forms of ugliness to be deviations from the norm, and, by means of 
the water cure treatment, can restore the normal proportion, color- 
ing, etc., and so furnish the foundation for that perfect beauty 
which always follows perfect health. It is undoubtedly only a ques- 
tion of time, when the system of FaciaL Diagnosis will entirely su- 
percede all other methods. 

From the innumerable means in use by those Avho practice the 
existing methods of diagnosis, I have, however, adopted five, viz: in 
cases of high internal fever, (1)1 take the patient's temperature by 
means of a clinical thermometer. (2) I also feel the pulse, to ascer- 
tain its strength and regularity. (3) I make use of the *^krieejerk," 
to test the condition of the lower extremities, of the spinal chord, 
and the sexual and digestive organs. (4) I look at the tongue, to 
find out the condition of the stomach, and (5) I test the urine for 
sugar and albumen. 

If the author of this work, or myself, appear at any time preju- 
diced or severe in our criticism of the existing methods of diagnosis 
and attempts at cure, I want to forestall at once, any misunderstand- 
ing upon the subject, by saying that I, at least, haA^enot the slightest 
animosity toward any representative of the medieval schools. On 
the contrary, we cannot but recognize the service rendered to man- 
kind by these men in the accumulation of valuable facts con- 
cerning the human body. But, in my estimation, the very value 

and greatness of these acquisitions, have caused medical students to 
lose sight of the simple and obvious functions of the physical organism, 
by proper attention to which, alone, it can fully and healthfully 
develope. And it is to encourage a return to these that this work 
has been undertaken. All adverse criticism in it, has been expressed 
in the belief that only by a clear and positive statement of facts, 
could men's eyes be opened to their danger, and in the sincere hope 
that, through this they may be influenced to regulate their lives by 
the simple laws of nature. 

In 'Nature versus Drugs' by Aug. F. Reinhold, M. A., measure- 
ments are given of Avell known Greek statues which are universally 
considered the standard of beauty, and consequently of health. 
With these data, one can easily determine his own physical status. 

Desiring the truth above all things, I shall be grateful for any 
correction or suggestion by which that end may be attained. 

Existing Methods of Diagnosis. 

Allopathy and Homeopathy both emphasize strongly the im- 
portance and value of a minute and careful diagnosis. The ability 
to make this, is supposed to be gained only through an exact ana- 
tomical knowledge obtained by the dissection of human corpses. 
The student is required to familiarize himself with every part of the 
body, so that, knowing the precise location and function of each 
organj he may be able to read the symptoms of disorder in them. 

The usual thorough examinaticm is conducted somewhat in thi» 
way. The physician first questions the patient extensively, then 
looks at the tongue, feels the pulse, percusses, palpitates, and auscu- 
ltates the whole body, especially the back and chest, to determine 
the condition of the lungs and heart. The region of the liver and 
stomach is also carefully examined, as well as the genital organs, 
those of females internally, by means of a speculum. The tempera- 
ture of the blood is ascertained by a thermometer, and the saliva, 
expectorations, urine, excrements, even the skin and muscles, are 
microscopically studied. This general examination may be followed 
by a detailed one of separate organs, such as the eye or ear, though 
usually, this is referred to specialists in these lines. To increase the 
supposed reliability of such observations, a number of complicated 
apparatuses have been invented. The ingenuity and skill required 
to conceive and complete these, is really wonderful. The micros- ' 
^ cope, too, has been the physician's invariable accompaniment, espec- 
ially since scientists have considered bacilli the cause of almost every 

After all this lengthy performance, the doctor's verdict is at last 
rendered. The patient is told that this or that organ is quite sound, 
another is somewhat affected, while a third, perhaps, is seriously in- 
volved. The examination having consisted in a series of separate 
investigations, with only accidental connection, an intelligent judg- 
ment, as to the general and comparative condition of the whole 
bodv, is rarelv obtainable. The estimate formed as to the vital 


power of the patient, could not be regarded as an exact and reliable 
conclusion, but merely as an impression incidentally gained. Anyone 
experienced in dealing with the sick, naturally acquires such sub- 
jective penetration in course of time. 

Now, the question is, has this special diagnosis the great value 
usually accorded it ? 

No, it is unreliable* This has been conclusively demonstrated 
in many well known instances where conclusions drawn from diag- 
noses of the same case, made by leading exponents of opposing 
schools, differed radically and entirely. Again, if the disturbances in 
the system, resulting from nature's effort to expel the foreign accu- 
mulations, have not yet affected any one organ sufficiently to at- 
tract the attention of the examining physician or specialist, the 
patient is dismissed with some pacifying deception, or, most fre- 
quently in nervous disorders, he is told bluntly that his sufferings 
are merely imaginary* And this is by no means the result of care- 
lessness, or indifference on the part of the physician. It is the neces- 
sary consequence of erroneous views as to the origin of disease, and 
of his crude and inadequate methods of diagnosis.** 

Again, medical science (so-called) furnishes no ground for 
rational treatment. All this complicated system of examination is 
to comj)aratively little purpose, because, Avhen accomplished, the 
treatment that follows is of no permanent or real benefit. In fact, 
it is actually harmful, based, as it is, upon the ridiculous belief that 
one part of the bod}'' may be affected independently of the others, 
and may be treated without regard to them. In this connection, I 
Avill give a few instances, in which the comparative merits of the 
various methods are clearly defined. 

A child had suffered for months from some ailment w^hich the 
attendant physician, though quite a celebrity, had failed to success- 
fully diagnose. But he w^ould by no means confess himself baffled. 
After a microscopic examination, this celebrated medical doctor 
gave it as his opinion that the presence of a certain kind of bacillus 

* I can but corroborate this statement. — A. K. 

* * Many patients have come under my notice who, although suffering from 
serious forms of disease which had baffled the skill of some physicians for years, 
have yet passed the examination for life insurance. And life insurance companies 
are supposed to employ experts in diagnosis. This is another instance of the inade- 
quacy and unreliability of existing methods. Anyone versed in Facial Diagnosis 
could not be so deceived, for the system in itself is radical and reliable. — A. K. 


was the cause of the child's continued ill-health. All his efforts were 
then directed toward the extermination of the microbes, but of course 
l)roved to no purpose. The child's condition grew daily more 
serious, and the bapilli perceptibly increased. 

At last, some one called the father's attention to the invariable 
success of treatment under my direction, and the man, in his ex- 
tremity, consented to have his child examined. This was done, how- 
ever, without the knowledge of the physician in regular attendance. 
I paid no particular attention to the bacilli, but saw that the direc- 
tions I gave were implicitly followed. The doctor, at his next call, 
was surprised to see a marked improvement in his patient, and ac- 
counted for it by saying that nature sometimes rallied for her own 
deliverance, and, in this case, had, by her own efforts, rid the system 
of the injurious element. Now, as a matter of fact, microbes are 
scavengers, attacking only impurities in the system. It is therefore 
manifestly ridiculous to try to free the body of these minute beings, 
and, at the same time, make no effort to cleanse it of their real cause. 

In another instance, a strong vigorous man became, by degrees, 
miserable and melancholy. For years, he was haunted by the idea 
of self-destruction, and unable to concentrate his faculties upon any 
definite work. Examining physicians all agreed that, as no particu- 
lar organ seemed affected, there could be nothing seriously the matter 
with the man, and it was simply a case of hypochondria. Diversion 
and travel Avere advised, but the trouble was in no wise lessened. 
At last, I was consulted, and saw, at a glance, that the patient's 
whole body was heavily encumbered with foreign matter. This 
prevented the normal exercise of almost every function, and hence, 
though, as yet, no particular organ had been attacked, derange- 
ment of the entire organism Avas the consequence. My methods 
proved so successful that, in a few months, the constant watch that 
had been kept over the patient, was no longer necessary, as balance 
of mind and health of body had both been regained. 

Another patient was suffering intensely from a greatly swollen 
tongue. The disorder apparently being definitely located, medical 
science considered its way clear, and treatment was restricted to 
the tongue, as the sole seat of disorder. The result, however, was 
far from satisfactory. The foreign matter continued to accumulate, 


and the tongue continued to swell, until, finally, it filled the entire 
mouth, and could not be moved at all. At this juncture, I wa^s 
called in, and, by means of my Fa(*ial Diagnosis, was enabled at 
once to recognize the true cause of the illness, and to relieve the 
body of its ac(}umulation of poison. 

But further illustration is unnecessary. Any one inay see 
that, starting with the palpably false premises, that any single 
organ can be affected by itself, it is simply impossible for medical 
men to successfully treat, or permanently cure any physical 
disorder. It is their utter ignorance of the unity and inter- 
dependence of the entire organism, that makes possible the 
present ridiculous extremes to which specialism has run. Now, a 
man, whose head perhaps is surcharged with foreign matter, must 
go to one specialist for treatment of the eyes, consult another about 
his ears, a third and fourth for nose, throat, etc. Absurd as it 
proves, however, this practice has developed quite naturally. At 
first hearing, it seems probable that a man who claims to have 
made one organ a lifetime study, should be a more competent au- 
thority on the subject than the average physician. But, on deeper 
consideration, such reasoning is seen to be the barest fallacy. The 
human body cannot be treated as if it w^ere a doll, made of 
altogether separate parts and materials, with no vital connection. 
A pimple on the nose, for instance, does not indicate any particular 
nasal disorder, or necessitate the attention of a specialist. The 
blood in the nose, and that throughout the rest of the body, is 
identical. Purify this, and the pimple, or trouble of whatever sort, 
disappears. External affections of this kind are nature's hints that 
we are transgressing her laws. They should not be suppressed by any 
special treatment, but rendered unnecessary by intelligent conform- 
ity to the laws of health. The chief danger arising from separate, 
special treatment, lies just here. What is repressed at one 'point, 
must appear somewhere else, later on, and, necessarily, vrith greater 
intensity. In subduing the inflammation that has settled in the eye, 
perhaps, the battle, interrupted here, w^ill inevitably be renew^ed 
elsewhere. It is only by considering the body as a whole, and re. 
moving the cause of this friction, that any real cure can ever be 


accomplished. Mercury, quinine, morphia, antipyrine, arsenic, iodine, 
bromide, all are powerful means of effecting this local repulsion, but 
they are really, at the same time, the deadliest of poisons. A ^^cure" 
effected by theil' use, means simply a fatal step on the road to con- 
tinued ill-health, and away from all possible recovery. 

Old methods of diagnosis cannot recognize the approach of dis- 
ease. Neither, having recognized it, can they estimate accurately 
the extent of farther development. This necessarily limits the suc- 
cess of their results and the efficiency of any course of treatment 
based upon them. ^ 

What Facial Diagnosis Means. 

It is impossible to make the title of any great subject an epitome 
of its scope. As all mental and physical phenomena are, sooner or 
later, reflected upon the face, and can there be most readily studied, 
this new method of gaining an accurate knowledge of the patient's 
condition, is called Facial Diagnosis, but in reality every detail oi 
the whole organism is equally studied. 

There is no abnormal condition of any part of the body, which 
can affect that part alone. The least deviation from the normal 
condition of health, inevitably produces a change in the form, 
carriage, coloring, etc. of the individual. Though, to the casual 
observer, these become apparent only in extreme cases, to the 
trained eye, they are evident immediately. An encumbered body 
functions differently from a healthy one, in every respect, conse- 
quently a person's condition is easily determined from his manner 
of action. Facial Diagnosis takes all these points and indications 
into careful consideration. In order to read them rightly. 

The Healthy Man 

must first be studied. This is no easy matter, for a person of nor- 
mal health is a very rare exception. It is not difficult to find per- 
fect specimens among wild animals, for there, health is the rule. It 
is just the reverse with civilized man. Only by degrees, did I 
succeed in constructing the image of a normal human body. This 
I accomplished, to a great extent, by observing the manner in 
which various functions of the body were performed ; which should 
invariably be without pain, difficulty, or artificial stimulants. In 
the first place, with a healthy body there should be a desire for 
none but natural food.* This desire should be capable of satisfaction, 
before any feeling of satiet}^, fullness, or tightness sets in. The pro- 

* See *Nature versus Drugs,' by Aug. F. Beinhold, M. A. 


cess of digestion should take place iquietly, and unconsciously. Any 
disagreeable sensation after eating, or appetite for highly seasoned 
food or beverages, is unnatural, and a sure indication of disease. 
In thirst, there should be a desire for fruit only, or possibly also 
for some plain water. 

The urine, the secretion of the kidneys, should be neither sweetish 
nor sour in odor, of an amber color, never bloody, cloudy, colorless, 
black nor f^ak3^ It should show no gritty or sandy deposit, and 
cause no pain upon leaving the body. 

The ejecta from the bo wels should, as a rule, be of a brownish color, 
never green, gray, or white. They should retain the cylindrical form 
of the colon, leaving the body without soiling it. They should never 
be watery, bloody, nor contain worms. 

The skin should have a fine smooth elastic surface. It should be 
warm and moist, though not, by any means, wet. 

The perspiration from a healthy human body has no disagreeable 
odor, like that noticeable about flesh-eating ajiimals. 

A full suit of hair is also an indication of health. Baldness is 
never accidental, but caused by some physical disorder. 

The lungs, in a healthy organism, perform their work without 
the slightest difficulty. They should receive the air through the nose, 
which is their natural guardian. The tendency to allow the mouth 
to remain open, either during sleep, or waking hours, is in itself a 
symptom of disease. 

In exercising, the healthy body gives warning of excess by a 
feeling of fatigue. The sensation is not painful at all, but rather 
agreeable, leading to quietness and perhaps sleep, which, to be 
normal, must be calm and continuous. 

Restless, fitful slumber, followed by lassitude and irritability 
upon waking, is unnatural with a healthy person. Natural sleep 
leaves one cheerful, contented, energetic, and eager for exercise. 

A healthy person recuperates more readily from mental suffer- 
ing ; heightened sensation finding natural relief in tears. 

Any one whose various organs function in accordance with the 
outlines given here, will have a body of normal shape and quite free 
from foreign accumulation. 

Now, all these symptoms and indications are open to ordinary 


observation, and artificial apparatus is by no means necessary. 
They may be viewed and corroborated at any time from living 
illustrationB on every liand. The study of corpses is almost value- 
less as an aid to the treatment of living people. 

So far, I have not succeeded in finding a single person who was 
normally healthy in every respect. Those, however, in a state of 
health very nearly approaching the norm, afford excellent oppor- 
tunity for study. 

The sculpture of ancient Greece has furnished us with truly 
beautiful* ideals which our modern artists may copy, but can scarcely 
excel. (It is noticeable that among these, there is nowhere to be 
found the high stomach which some believe to be normal.) It is 
also a significant fact that the ideal of beauty and the standard of 
health are always identical, and so perhaps the universal desire 
for beauty, may lead to a more rational care for the physical 
health which is really the foundation of all development and per- 
fection and bliss. 

The normal form is characterized by distinct points and out- 
lines w^hich are clearly shown by figures ** A. B. C. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 
and 14. 

*The standards of art, derived from the physical perfection of the 
past, have undoubtedly been important factors in Kuhne's con- 
clusions regarding the outlines of a healthy body. He seems to 
consider these as final. Considering, however, that they repre- 
sent the highest types of a meat-eating i>eo\)\e, it may be questioned, 
iftheir standards might not be improved upon by a race, develoj)- 
ing finer and more subtly beautiful outlines under a purely vegeta- 
ble diet — assuming that the latter Avas originally designed for 
man's support. — A. R. 

* * Figures A. B. C. were added by the Translator. 

Fio. A. 
Fig. ABC represent the N'o7'mai Form of Health and Beauty^ characterized by the 
clearly defined yaw-line^ jr, Nape-line^ jj/, and Thigh-hne^z. 

Figure B. 

Figure C. 

Fig. I. The Normal Figure is finely proportioned throughout; there is perfect symme- 
try, and the forms everywhere are nice and roimd. Head^ of normal size. Forehead^ 
smooth and free of fatty deposits. Eyes^ large and free. Nose^ well-formed. Mouthy closed. 
Face^ oval with jaw-line and nape-line clearly defined. Neck^ round and of normal length. 
Chesty well developed. Legs^ straight, muscular, with clear cut thigh-line. 

Fig. 2 — Entire body is Encumbered. 
The Torso is awkward, clumsy, bloated. Head, too thick. I'orehead, with fatty 
cushions, bald on top. jffy^rj, half closed. A^<?j<f, too thick. J/^«/-^, kept open. Jaw-line, 
missing. Neck, too short and too thick; tt^pe-line, missing. Abdomen, too heavy. Legs, trwi 
short and thick. 

The Normal Figure. 

1 Form. The normal shape is one' of fine proportion through- 
out, as a comparison between figures 1 and 2, will show at 
a glance. The torso, figure 2, has become far too long, almost 
obliterating the neck, and resting the bloated abdomen upon legs 
much too short in proportion. The majority of people are born 
heavily encumbered. Many die when quite young, w^hile others 
remain semi-invalids all their lives. The food, upon which infants 
are reared, greatly influences their health in afteryears. The 
mother's milk is the natural food, and if this is supplied, the body 
w^ill develop naturally and healthfully, provided the mother is in a 
healthy condition. But many mothers, unfortunately, are unable 
to nurse their offspring. Though this lack can never be fully supplied, 
substitutes may be provided, and the least injurious of these has 
proved to be the unboiled milk of cows and goats.* Figures 49 and 
51 are photographed from nature, and illustrate the harmful in- 
fluence of ^feriV/zed milk upon infants. Unnatural food, of course, 
cannot be thoroughly digested. If such food be consumed daily, the 
body, by degrees, becomes incapable of throwing off its effete mat- 
ter. Normally, the bowels, kidneys, skin and lungs, are incessantly 
at work to eliminate the effete matter. If, how^ever, injurious sub- 
stances are continually taken into the system, the tax is too great, 
and portions of them inevitably remain. 

At first, this foreign matter is deposited near the excj-etory ori- 
fices, and, for a time, the body may succeed in throwing it off by 
attacks of diarrhoea, abundant discharges of urine, or profuse 
perspiration. But there is almost always some residue, and new 
deposits are added to this. Fermentation then ensues, accompanied 
by the formation of gases. These are carried through the body, 
partly escaping by way of the skin, but partly redeposited in solid 
form, constituting again a serious encumbrance of the body. This. 

* See 'Nature versus Drugs' by Aug. F. Reinhold, M. A. 

Fig. 3— Normal Form 


may settle in various places, and so appear, to the ignorant, as 
separate forms of disease. In reality, however, it is all from the one 
cause, and so should have substantially the same treatment. Under 
Water Cure, this foreign matter is redissolved, and carried off in 
various w^ays. 

If the stomach and bowels are once weakened by deposits, then 
even healthful food can no longer be properly digested. The sub- 
stances thus insufficiently assimilated, are, in turn, deposited as 
poisonous accumulations. In this way, the trouble grows rapidly 
more serious, until nature makes at last a violent effort, which re- 
sults in some eruption. The various skin diseases of children, are 
simply such crises as this, brought on by the surcharge of the body 
w4th corrupt matter. Foul matter can also enter the body through 
the lungs and skin, but, as long as digestion remains unimpaired, 
there will usually be sufficient vitality to throw this off. Impure 
air, however, should be dreaded, almost as much as unwholesome 
food. Sometimes nature constructs artificial sewers for the removal 
of effete matter, such as open sores, hemorrhoids, fistulas, foot-sweat, 
etc. Though the body, as a whole, may appear in fair health, the 
presence of any one of these is a sure indication that the system 
is heavily encumbered. And, should these sewers be suddenly closed, 
then the foul matter, deprived of this avenue of escape, is forced to 
seek another place of deposit. This is usually accompanied by con- 
siderable swelling, inflammation, and even ulceration. In a case 
that came to my notice, the patient had suffered for ten years with 
piles. A celebrated physician prescribed Dermatol, and the irrita- 
tion immediately ceased. In a few days, however, the patient 
noticed a swelling in his throat, which continued to increase, until 
danger from suffocation became imminent. The foul matter with 
which his body was filled, deprived of its exit by way of the bowels, 
had sought some avenue of escape elsewhere. By means of my 
friction baths,* however, it was redissolved and carried off in a short 

*A new Friction Bath Many objections have been raised againt Kuhne's Fric- 
tion Sitting Bath. I have, therefore, endeavored to improve it in the following 
manner : The patient sits on the rim of a tub, filled with very cold water, and, with a 
rough cloth, gently rubs the entire length of his back up and down, but principally 
downwards, and also crosswise, redipping the rag frequently. This is continued for 

Fig. 4 — Perfect Form. 


In another instance, a ladv had suffered from diarrhcea for a 
long time. Her body was heavily encumbered, and this, of course, 
was only a natural effort toward relief. The physician consulted, 
*' cured'' this tendency so effectually that an obstinate constipation 
set in. The foreign matter, finding no longer an exit by way of the 
bowels, soon appeared in a large swelling upon the neck, similar to 
that in figure 12. The lady had the good sense to recognize this as- 
the direct result of the medicine given her, and this opened her eyes- 
to the real value of drug medication. It is not always, however,, 
that the injurious effects follow so promptly, and so, people do not 
always realize the liarm that has been done them by these medical 
poisons. Swelling of the neck often follows the suppression of foot- 
sweats, and, in the same way, encumbrance of the head, nervousness, 
mental derangement, consumption, heart trouble, etc., are frequently 
induced by excretions, that were suppressed by medicines or salves. 
Eczema, driven back into the system, often terminates in this way. 
A cough, too, when merely stifled, instead of being radically cured, 
leads to more serious affections of the lungs, as the foreign matter 
which is usually expe<^.torated, finds then no longer an outlet. 

from one to fifteen minutes, and repeated from two to four times a day, or even 
oftener. Care must be taken, however, to restore the warmth of the body again, 
quickly, either by exercise, or additional wraps or cover. No artificial heat should 
be applied after the process. Of course, a patient, too weak to leave his bed, may, 
by turning upon the side or abdomen, have his back so treated by some other person. 
The small of the back opposite the naval, seems to be the most effectual spot for 
treatment, to restore suppressed vitality. The back is always accessible, and in my 
opinion is far more preferable than toworkupon the nerves of the sexual organs ; as 
the latter comprise but a small portion of those, running along the back.— A. R. 



Fig. 5 — Front-Encumbrance. 

Head, normal size. Forehead, wrinkled Eyes, normal. Nose, normal, (i^heek, in 
folds. Mouth, normal. Jaw-line, far back. Neck, in front enlarged. Nape-line, normal. 

Fig. 6- Normal Figure. 

Fig. 7 — Froi^t Encumbrance. 
Head, size normal. Forehead, bald, not cushioned. Eyes, dull. Nose, well shaped. 
Mouth, lower lip enlarged.* Chin, enlarged. Jaw-line, far behind the ear. Lower half 
of Face, clumsy. Neck, very much enlarged in front. Nape line, normal. 

Fig. 8-— Front and Side Encumbrance. 
Head, size normal. Forehead, smooth, without cushions. Eyes, normal. Nose, nor- 
mal. Lips, too thick. Jaw-line, missing. Face, appears thicker and longer on the right 
than on the left. Neck, much enlarged in front; less so on the side. Nape-line, normal. 

♦Deposits of foreign matter cause any affected parts of the body to appear enlarged or 
swollen. — ^A. R. 

Variations in the Shape of the Body Resulting From Deposits 

of Foreign Matter. 

Such deposit>^ commence in the abdomen; but more distant 
organs soon become affected. The effete matter works gradually 
toward the extremities of the body. On its way to the head, de- 
posits made in the neck, become quickly noticeable. They appear at 
first, perhaps, as an uniform enlargement, afterwards as irregular 
swellings or lumps. Later on; the underlying organ can no longer 
be seen or felt. Sometimes the foreign matter hardens, and shrinks 
to a small compass. To the casual observer, this may seem an im- 
provement, but, in reality, it is the most serious phase of all. Hard 
streaks appear in the throat, the muscles lose their mobility, and 
the hue of the complexion alters, becoming ashy, brown, or intensely 
red. Though meaningless to the uninitiated, these are all unerring 
indications to a student of our method of diagnosis. ,The indura- 
tions of the neck and head, form in a way similar to those of the ab- 
domen. As a rule, they increase in the same ratio, though some- 
times they decrease below, and form rapidly above. Under Water 
Cure treatment, they first begin to disaf)pear above and increase in 
the abdomen. The course, over which the foreign matter travels on 
its way to the head, varies according to the vitality of the different 
organs, and the person's habitual position during sleep.* Accord- 
ingly, for convenience, we use the terms : 

A. Front, \ 

B. Side, (encumbrance. 

C. Back ) 

*^Side" encumbrance, of course, may refer to either the right or 
tlie left side. It is rare, however, that one mode of encumbrance is 
found entirely alone. As a rule, they are combined, and usually the 

* It is an interesting fact that foreign deposits follow the law of gravity. If a 
person sleeps continuously on one side, the organs of that side will be noticeably en- 
larged by the accumulation of effete matter. — A. K. 


whole body is more or less affected. With a view to obtaining a 
clearer insight, we will study the various kinds of encumbrances, 

A.-— Front EncumbrAxNCe. Figures— 5, 7, 36 and 37. 

Front encumbrance concerns mainly the front portions of the 
body, as is illustrated in figure 5. I have added a normal figure (6) 
so that, by comparison, a clear idea may be gained. It will be found 
to the reader's advantage to fix the different outlines and symptoms 
carefully in his mind. With front encumbrance, the neck is usually too 
full in front, (figure 7) and the face enlarged and clumsy. Sometimes 
it is only the mouth that protrudes; the foreign matter having 
settled there alone. 

The facial boundary line* ov jaw-line, is always a characteristic 
one. This is the line which sharply defines the face from the neck. 
In a normal person, (figure 6) it runs directly from the chin, outlin- 
ing the jaw, up to the ear. In cases of front encumbrance, however, 
this natural boundary line of the face is either pushed back, or 
more or less obliterated. The deviation from the normal is in direct 
proportion to the degree of encumbrance If front encumbrance 
predominates, the face looks bloated, and a fatty cushion may form 
on the forehead. ** 

The encumbrance of the forehead plainly indicates that the 
foreign matter has reached the region of the brain. In some cases, 
lumps have developed upon the neck. Though these may, in time, 
become reduced in size, and the emaciation of the muscles may re*-, 
store the jaw-line to something of its normal distinctness, the pres- 

* There are other such definite lines observable in the normal body, namely, one 
that separates the back of the head from the back of the neck, and another between 
the thigh and abdomen. For brevity sake, I call them, respectively, XhQ jaw-line, 
the nape-liney and the thigh-line. See figure A. B, C. — A. R. 

* * In a normal, healthy person, the skin can be easily raised from the forehead. 
There is nothing between it and the bone. But in a case of encumbrance, a layer of 
fat seems to be inserted, and it is almost impossible to move the skin. The 
formation of small, raised pimples often follows. The condition of the forehead is 
sometimes the result of back encumbrance, when the foreign matter has risen along 
the spine, and crossing the top of the head, has settled about the upper portions of 
the face. — A. R. 

Fig. 9 — 1<ront Encumbrance. 

Head, too large, especially the upper part, indicating prematurity. Forehead, cush- 
ioned. Eyes, rather compressed. Nose, normal. Mouth, normal. Jaw-line, far behind 
the ear. Neck normal, but shows tension when the head is bent back. Nape-line, normal. 

Fig. io — Front and Side Encumbrance. 

Head, somewhat enlarged above. Forehead, cushioned above. Eyes, normal. Nose, 
normal. Mouth, normal. Jaw-line, covered with lumps. Neck, uneven. Nape-line, normal. 


Pk;. II — Front Encumbrance. 

Figure, proportions normal. Head, irregular, mainly on top. Forehead, cushioned. 
Eyes, closed (blind). Nose, normal. ^louth, normal. Jaw-line, far behind the ar. Neck, 
stiff. Abdomen, much too large. P>uption on the body, caused by vaccination. 


eiice of this hard, dry residuum bears testimony to the fact that 
there is a most serious deposit to be dealt with. The complexion 
is either unnaturally pale or unduly flushed, with front encumbrance. 
The parts most affected show great tension, and shine conspicuously. 
The degree of mobility of the nmscles. of the neck is also significant. 
Sometimes the head cannot readily be thrown back, (figure 37), or, 
upon being bent backwards, lumps of various sizes may become 
noticeable on the neck. Sometimes the deposits are evenly dis- 
tributed over the face, or one side may become longer and 
thicker than the other, or, again, only a single part may be affected. 
The consequent forms of disease depend wholly on the kind of 
encumbrance. In front encumbrance, the whole front of the body 
even down to the legs, is affected, and the most varied organs suf- 
fer in consequence. It often leads to such acute forms of disease (or 
rather, sanitary crises) as measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, inflam- 
mation of the lungs, etc. In the forms of disease which affect child- 
ren, eruptions are alwfiys more noticeable on the front portions of 
the body.* 

Certain chronic ailments, especially those of the neck and face, 
may follow front encumbrance. It is universally conceded that con- 
tinued redness and eruption of the face, indicate a diseased condition. 
These symptoms usually appear at first on the chin, and the lower 
teeth begin to decay. In figures 5 and 7, the lower teeth have evi- 
dently been gone for some time. Nervous forms of disease, and 
affections of the eyes, result from this kind of encumbrance. This, 
too, is the cause of loss of hair, especially on the front portions of 
the head. There is never any affection of the mind — (that is, of the 
brain) — if the encumbrance is entirely frontal. If the foreign matter 
is deposited in the cheeks or forehead, thepatient will be very sensitive 
to change of temperature, and suffer from headaches, eruptions, and 
perhaps erysipelas, in the affected parts, but the vital organs will 
remain intact for a long time. The growth of the encumbrance is 
often so gradual, that its presence is not suspected until it culmin- 
ates in some internal disorder. And so, it becomes more and more 

* All encumbrance is a forrunner of acute disease. There can be no disease 
without previous latent deposits of poisonous matter. — A. K. 


Fig. 12 — Front and Side Encumbrance. 

Head, almost normal. Forehead, normal. Eyes, normal. Nose, normal. Mouth, 
normal. Jaw-line, normal. Neck, much enlarged and fixed. The encumbrance has ad- 
vanced no further than the neck, producing goitre; the head has almost remained free. 


Fig. 13— Front and Side Encumbrance. 
(Daughter of the lady in Fig. 12.) 
Head, a trifle too large. Forehead, somewhat cushioned. Eyes, compressed. Nose,^ 
normal. Mouth, a little open. Jaw-line, normal. Neck, enlarged, with goitre. On an aver- 
age, her encumbrance is the same as her mother's, but part of the matter has advanced 
further into the head. 

Fk;. 14 — Normal Figure. 

I m 

Fig. 15 — Side Encumbrance. 
H^ad, size normal. Forehead, normal. Eyes, normal. Nose, normal. Mouth, nor- 
mal. Jaw-line, normal. Neck, stiff, thick cords running up on either side. 

Fig. 16 — Encumbrance of the Right-side. 
Head, normal, bent to the left. Forehead, normal. Eyes, normal. Nose, normal. 
Mouth, normal. Face, right-side too long. Jaw-line, on the right is missing. Neck, stiff, 
greatly enlarged on the right. 


certain that the only cure for any form of disease is, removal of its 
primary cause, which invariably proves to he poisonous deposits. 
(See page 78, also figures 9, 11, 12, and 14.) But front encum- 
brance is comparatively easy of treatment, and its consequences are 
rarely of a fatal nature. This accounts for a fact which is always 
a matter of surprise to people — that some patients recover 
so much more rapidly than others. By means of the Water Cure 
Treatment, this phase of encumbrance is often mastered in a few 

A man suffering from sycosis (barber's itch) came to me for 
treatment. Knowing it to be only the result of front encumbrance, 
I was enabled to relieve him in a very short time. Of course, organs 
that have become totally destroyed, such as lost teeth,* cannot be 
restored; but, even after years of baldness and disease, the hair often 
grows again, and fresh natural skin is formed. 

* "There are cases, however, where even the teeth have been renewed. This, in 
my estimation, points to the possibility of reaching the same desirable result in 
every case, if only once the necessary conditions could be discovered.*' — R. O. La- 

I consider the condition necessary, to be merely a suCacient degree of vital 
force If, by return to a natural mode of living, and the removal of encumbering 
matter, the vitality, that has so long been obstructed or lain dormant, could be re- 
stored to its full activity, I believe that nature would supply the loss of teeth, as she 
does that, of the hair and the skin. — A. R. 

B. Side Encumbrance. Figures 8, 15, etc. 

Side encumbrance shows a distinct enlargement of the neck on 
the side affected. Often, all the parts on that side are broader, so 
that the whole body; appears unsymmetrical, as in figure 17. The 
same thing is seen in figure 1 6, where the entire right side of the face 
is larger and broader than the left. This is noticeable in the legs as 
well, and, consequently, the line of the head is not in the centre of 
the body. The affected leg is not sharply defined from the body, and 
a considerable enlargement is fpund on the thigh-line. By degrees, 
the head will grow perceptibly one-sided, and lumps will probably 
form on both it and the neck. The encumbered side is indicated by 

Fig. 17 — Encumbrance of the Left-side. 

Figure, one-sided, left side broader than the right one. Head, size normal, does not 
occupy the centre line. Forehead, normal. Eyes, normal. Nose, normal. Mouth, nor- 
mal. Jaw -line, normal. Neck, greatly enlarged on the left. Shoulders, the left one broader 
than the other one. Body, left half broader than the right. Thig-hline, obliterated, with a 
great lump on the left side. Legs, the left thicker than the right.* 

♦This enlargement is caused by deposits of foreign. matter. The greater circumference 
is here no sign of strength, but of weakness and disease. — The Translator. 


Fig. i8 — Side and Front Encumbrance. 
Head, a little too large. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, compressed. Nose, normal. 
Mouth, distorted. Jaw-line, missing. Chin, thickened. Neck, has almost disappeared; a 
heavy cord with warts * on the right side. 

♦Warts usually indicate a considerable degree of encumbrance. — ^The Translator. 

Fig. 19 — Front and Side Encumbrance. 
Head, too large. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, compressed. Nose, a little too large. 
Mouth, open. Jaw-line, normal. Neck, too thick, like a goitre, with lumps. 


the tension in the muscles, produced by turning the head from one 
side to the other. Not infrequently, vertical cords or strings ap- 
pear in the neck, indicating the course of the foreign matter. The 
consequences of side encumbrance sire more serious and more diffi- 
cult to cope with than those following frontal encumbrance. Not 
only loss of the teeth, but of the hearing also, is likely to ensue, es- 
pecially if front and side encumbrance be combined. In such cases, a 
swollen cord is noticeable, running up the neck toward the ear. The 
eyes, also, become affected, probably with cataract. This appears 
first, of course, on the encumbered side. A person may suffer from a 
one-sided sick headache for years, without any apparent aggravation, 
until, at last, the encumbrance increases to such an extent, that 
some other place of deposit becomes necessary. 

A lady whom I knew, suffered for fifteen years with sick head- 
ache. No relief could be obtained from the drugs administered by 
her family physician. He assured her that her trouble would lessen 
in course of time ; and so it did, but at the expense of her eyesight. 
This, however, was regarded as a misfortune, brought on by some 
entirely separate cause, and no one — least of all the physician — 
divined that they originated in the same thing. Figures 15 and 19. 
Left-sided encumbrance usually paralyzes the activity of the skin, 
thus proving more dangerous than that of the right side, in which 
the body perspires profusely. Foot-sweat frequently accompanies 
right-sided encumbrance, and the internal fever is less. Perspiration 
of course, retards the progress of encumbrance, and so should never 
be suddenly checked, as serious disturbance in the system may 

C. Back Encumbrance. Figure 20. 
Encumbrance of the back is by far the most serious possible. It 
may run through all degrees of enlargement even to the hump-back. 
If the foreign matter ascends to the head, the back of the neck will 
become enlarged, and the nape-line — that is, the line of demarcation 
between the neck and the back of the head— will be obliterated. The 
space there will, by degrees, become entirely filled with matter. The 
head, too, will grow wider on top, and the forehead will develop a 

Fig. 20 — Back Encumbranxe. 

Head, rather large. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, dull and compressed. Nose, too 
thick in front. Mouth, open. Jaw-line, missing. Nape-line, missing; the back of the neck 
is quite filled in with foreign matter, so that the back of the head and the back of the neck 
almost form a straight line. Neck, cannot be turned. Back, round-shouldered. 

Fig. 21 — Back Encumbrance. 

Head, too large, bent forwards. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, rather protruding. Nose, 
normal. Chin and mouth, too thick. Jaw-line, absent. Nape-line, missing. Back, 
r ound-shouldered . 



sort of cushion. The face may be attacked also— the encumbrance 
progressing downwards from the forehead. Back encumbrance is 
usually accompanied by piles) and, as the hips are afflicted as well, 
the gait becomes staggering* 

Acute symptoms are always of a serious nature with back encum- 
brance, and the patient's only hope is in profuse perspiration, and 
immediate and energetic use of the eliminating baths.** Dis- 
turbances of the system, such as are accompanied by a high degree 
offerer, usually attack children, while* those forms of disease 
from which adults suffer, though quite as painful, are generally 
accompanied by a low temperature. As soon as back encum- 
brance reaches the region of the head, nervousness, inatten- 
tion, loss of memory, lack of energy, and even insanity may follow. 
We never find a case of insanity without more or less encumbrance 
of the back. And herein lies the value of my facial diagnosis. By 
this means, the danger of mental derangement can be recognized 1 
long beforehand, and, with proper treatment, can be entirely r- 
averted, J j 

People, afflicted with this kind of encumbrance, are usually very g 5 
active, almost restless, in the early stages. Children, so affected are s i ^ 
precocious, but become inattentive and absent-minded as they grow 5 > i 
older, and never fulfill the promise of their childhood. As they seem ° S 
to have no organic trouble, however, physicians fail to discover the ^ 5 
cause of their mental debility. Adults, too, suffering in this way, o 
are often ridiculed as hypochondriacs, and considered as specimens 5 
of health on account of their bloated body and flushed complexion, ? 
Back encumbrance, also causes ^premature awakening of the sexual 
desires, and leads, in both sexes, to masturbation and early im- 
potence. Persons so afflicted, are invariably incapable of procrea- 
tion, A woman affected in this way, is liable to have miscarriages 

* I consider this staggering gait as more probably the result of encumbrance of 
the spinal cord. A. B. 

* * In case of back encumbrance, the system is usually so heavily charged with 
morbid matter, that hot vapor baths would act too powerfully, and the patient would 
probably become discouraged by the subsequent weakness. So I proceed more upon 
the line of Kneipp's method. I use less direct measures, preferably cold ablutions 
douches and showers as well as cold sitz-baths, packs, compresses, and my own 
tpinal friction baths. — (See note page 31.) — A. E. 


or premature births. Propagation is possible, however, if the 
woman only is afflicted, or, if both man and woman, but only in a 
slight degree. Still, the offspring of such a union are always weak 
and lacking in vitality, and the mother is unable to nurse them* 
If the signs of back encumbrance become noticeable throughout an 
entire nation, it is an unfailing indication of that nation's ap- 
proaching downfall. The busts of the Komans and Persians, exe- 
cuted in the decline of those empires, give interesting and important 
evidence of the truth of this statement. Consequently, through 
Facial Diagnosis we are, to-day, enabled to trace the true causes of 
the degeneration of these highly cultured people, and read a warn- 
ing for our own good as well. 

Persons afflicted with back encumbrance are unfitted for any 
position demanding diplomacy, and quickly succumb in any mental 
strife. The person in figure 6, even though he were lacking in edu- 
cational advantages, is really superior in ability to those shown in 
figures 20 and 21. 

Back encumbrance is more common among what are called the 
^'better classes, ^^ than with thepoorer, *^ Every one recognizing that 
he is a sufferer from back encumbrance, should immediately begin 
the work of freeing himself from it. One of the worst features of 
this affliction is, the loss of energy that ensues. The longer a per- 
son has suffered with it, the less able he is to throw off its yoke. 
As long as the foreign substances are soft, theii* elimination 
is comparatively easy ; but if they are allowed to become hardened, 
their removal requires both time and labor. 

♦Many mothers, who have nursed their first children, find themselves unable to 
do so with those born later, as their encumbrance has increased with every year. 
This, of course, is entirely unnecessary. Intelligent treatment, and proper diet, will 
make any one free from encumbrance throughout a long life. A. B. 

**This necessarily leads to the obliteration of class lines. The "better classes," 
more frequpntly transgressing the laws of health in regard to diet, etc., will in the 
end sink below the average level. The "poorer classes," meanwhile, necessarily more 
abstemious, will, by degrees, take their places. Society, from this point of view, re- 
sembles a surging sea. A. B. 

Fig. 22— Back and Side Encumbrance. 

Back of head, too large. Forehead, too broad and cushioned. Eyes, normal. Nose 
normal. Mouth, normal. Jaw-line, normal. Neck, too thick, a heavy vertical cord on its 
right side. Nape-line, wanting. 

Fig. 23 — Back Encumbrance. 

(Represents the person in fig. 22, when young.) 

Head, almost normal. Forehead, normal. Eyes, normal. Nose, normal. Mouth, 
normal, Jaw-line, normal. Neck, rather thick. Nape-line, already missing. 

Fig. 24 — Back Encumbrance. 

- (Bust of a Persian.) 
Head, its size normal, but its back part; too large. Forehead, normal. Eyes, normal. 
Mouth, normal. Jaw-line, normal; but Nape-line, missing. 


Fig. 25 — Back and Side Encumbrance. 
(Ancient Roman Bust.) 
Head, too large, especially its rear part. Forehead, somewhat cushioned. Eyes, nor- 
mal. Nose, normal. Mouth, normal. Jaw-line, normal. Neck, too thick. Nape-line, 

Fig. 26 — Universal Encumbrance, Mainly of TriE left side. 
Head, too large, held to the side. Forehead, too high and cushioned. Eyes, restless, 
Mouth, open. Nose, almost normal. Neck, too thick, especially on the left side. Jaw line, 

Fig. 27 — Universal Encumbrance. Rear View of Fig. 26. 
The square shape of the head, and the surprising width ot the neck, are here quite con- 



D. Mixed and Universal Encumbrance. Figures 8, 18, 19 and 26. 
Front and side encumbrance are freqfnently found together, 
(figures 8, 10, 18 and 19). Side encumbrance may be connected, 
too, with encumbrance of the back, (figures 22 and 25), and even 
front and back encumbrance may be present in the same individual. 
Of course, those suffering from universal encumbrance are in the 
most serious condition of all. They are nervous, restless, discon- 
tented, and predisposed to acute ailments. They are apt to die sud- 
denly, though, on account of their appearance of stoutness, (owing 
to the presence of so much foreign matter) they are usually thought 
to be in excellent health. In treating a person suffering in this way, 
the chances of recovery depend a good deal upon the age and gen- 
eral vitality. The rapidity of cure depends on the same conditions* 
The bloated condition of the body renders treatment more effectual. 
When the tissues begin to shrink and harden, recovery becomes more 

♦Women recover much more quickly than men. This is probably due to the fact, 
that the nervous systems of the Jatter are frequently overtaxed by excesses of various 
kinds. A. R. 

Fig. 28 — Universal Encumbrance. 

Head, too large. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, normal. Nose, too thin. Mouth, a 
little open. Jaw-line, absent. Neck, enlarged all around and and immovable. Nape-line, 

Fig. 29 — Universal Encumbrance. 

Head, too large. Forehead, shiny. Eyes, compressed. Nose^ rather heavy. Mouth, a 
trifle open. Face, square. Jaw-line, missing. Neck, too thick, immovable. Nape-line> 

Fig. 30 — Universal Encumbrance. 
Head, too large. Forehead, pretty normal. Eyes, restless. Nose, normal. Mouth, a 
little open. Face, deformed, broader below. Jaw-line, missing. Neck, too thick. 


Fig. 31— Universal Encumbrance. 
Rear view of Fig. 30. Considerable swelling behind the ear. Neck enlarged and im- 

Fig. 32— Universal Encumbrance. 

Head, its form abnormal, much too wide above. Eyes, compressed. Nose, normah 
Mouth, normal. Face, pale. Neck, stiff and too large. 

Fig. 33 — Universal Encumbrance. 

Head, too large, too wide above, too narrow below. Eyes, compressed. Nose, normal. 
Mouth, normal. Face, distorted and pale. Neck, too thick and immovable. 

Fig. 34 — Universal Encumbrance. ^ 

Shoulders, sloping to a high degree. Head, angular. Back of head, too high. Fore- 
head, normal. Eyes, normal. Nose, normal. Mouth, normal. Neck, too thick. Jaw- 
line, normal. Nape-line, absent. 

Disease of Internal Organs. 

The truths upon which Facial Diagnosis is founded, render the 
immense catalogue of current diseases entirely valueless. Its 
methods, however, are perfectly capable of determining accurately 
any particular organic affection. No matter what pai-t is affected, 
the organs of digestion are always co-sufferers. All disorders begin 
with them, and, to the degree that impurities are deposited within 
their tissues, their working capacity decreases. A normally healthy 
person is quite unconscious of the process of digestion going on 
within him. Almost every one, however, is subject to minor dis- 
comforts in this respect, but little heed is given to them unless they^ 
increase to actual pain. When the foreign deposits begin to dry and 
become hardened, inflammation ensues, resulting in one of the two 
extremes, diarrhoea or constipation. Both are caused by undue in- 
ternal heat. 

Constipation is caused by the drying of the mucous lining of the 
intestines, so that the faecal matter refuses to proceed, and becomes 
hard and dry. Diarrhoea' sets in, when the body is still able to re^ 
move the effete matter. The food, however, being expelled before 
the digestive organs have abstracted all the nutriment contained in 
it, the body is but partially nourished. In both cases, the food is not 
properly assimilated, and the body becomes surcharged with effete 
matter. Poverty of blood and consumption are the consequences. 
This latt/er is revealed by increasing weakness and emaciation, not- 
withstanding the so-called strengthening diet prescribed by physi- 
cians. This clearly proves that a particular kind of food is not 
nearly so essential, as proper digestion of whatever is taken.* Where- 
ever the encumbrance has settled, the internal organs nearest that 
spot, are sure to be affected. In the ca«e of front encumbi'ance, 
the digestive organs are apt to suffer, but cure is not difficult. 

* I do not agree with this view. The proper kind of food is the first thing essen- 
tial to normal digestion; but the 'strengthening food* and 'stimulants' of the medical 
people are quite wrong. See 'Nature versus' Drugs* by Aug. F. Reinhold, M. A. 


With back encumbrance, however, hemorrhoids are apt to 
follow, and all the symptoms are of a more or less serious nature. 

The /zVer being part of the digestive apparatus, and situated on 
the right side, naturally sympathizes when that side is encumbered. 
The complexion becomes yellowish, owing to the inability of the 
liver to secrete the bile from the blood. All encumbrance of the right 
side is followed by profuse perspiration, with sometimes offensive 
foot-sweats. But these are only nature's methods of relieving the 
body, and should never be checked, but rendered no longer necessary 
by removing the aggravating cause. As soon as this is done, these 
unpleasant symptoms disappear and no dangerous results need be 
feared. Their suppression by drugs or external applications, however, 
is sure to be followed by evil consequences, as the foul matter, for- 
merly carried off, must then find some other avenue of escape— possi- 
bly some vital organ. 

The kidneys, too, are connected with the organs of digestion, 
and, as such, are apt to be the seat of poisonous deposits. Their 
condition is most easily ascertained by examining the urine which 
they secrete, (see page 23.) In back or left-sided encumbrance, the 
kidneys are often seriously involved ; particularly in the latter case, 
as then the pores do no,t perform their usual function. The forma- 
tion of soft, watery bags under the lower eye-lid, is almost always 
an indication of kidney trouble. 

Encumbrance of the digestive apparatus involves the sexual or- 
gans as well, especially with women. This is not so at the begin- 
ning, however. Nature seems to endeavor to protect the organs of 
reproduction as long as possible. 

Disease of the sexual organs may originate in two ways with 
women. Either the procreative organs become greatly charged 
with matter, or the uterus itself is displaced by an extensive encum- 
brance of the intestines. This latter condition, however, follows 
back-encumbrance only, which also is the cause of barrenness, diffi- 
cult parturition, and poverty in the secretions^ofthe]breast. 

If the encumbrance be unequally distributed, and especially if it 
affect the left side (which precludes relief by means of perspiration), 
rheumatism is apt to ensue. This develops only when the body is 
charged to the very extremities with foreign matter. It is usually 


It is usually brought on by a considerable fall in the temperature. 
The sudden contraction of the blood vessels, consequent upon the 
cold, causes the foreign matter to accumulate at the joints. Hence the 
pain is never felt directly in the joint, but just about it. A full 
vapor bath * will open the pores, carrying part of the deposit away 
through them, and probably dissolving the rest. Otherwise it hardens 
gradually, and becomes gout, which is really only rheumatism treated 
by dry heat and other ineffectual means. 

The presence of left-sided encumbrance makes the prediction of 
rheumatism and gout reasonably sure. This is especially so, if 
aggravated by back-encumbrance as well; for then the kidneys, which 
act as the depurating organs of the liquid effluvia, will become af- 
fected, and fail to purge the system of these additional impurities. 

The heart also suffers, when the left side is encumbered, especially 
when this is coupled with frontal encumbrance. 

Affections of the lungs are followed by the most direful conse- 
quences. The chief fault of medical diagnosis, by means of auscultationy 
etc., lies in the fact that, by such means, disease is not detected until quite 
fully developed. Whereas, Facial Diagnosis, by observing fche charac- 
tei of the encumbrance, is enabled to note a tendency to, or possibility 
of consumption long before-hand, and so, to avert it. Lung troubles, 
when properly treated, by the Water Cure and other natural methods, 
are as curable as any other forms of disease. They originate only in 
an advanced stage of encumbrance. Impure air, too, affects the lungs 

* One of the greatest evils of the Russian and Turkish Baths consists in the 
circumstance that the bather's head is in the hotter and his feet in the cooler space. 
This is just the reverse of what should be the case. The hot air ascends, as you know, 
heating the head and filling the lungs. Though the skin is cooled by shower and 
plunge baths afterwards, the lungs continue sensitive and relaxed from the long 
inhalation of superheated air, and this air is heavy with impurities as well — the 
repulsive exhalations and efiiuvia from other bathers. Persons who frequent these 
baths, are often suffering from every variety of infectious disease, such of the skin, 
lungs, and sexual organs, and yet, no provision is made in these establishments to 
g^ard others against contagion. 

A strong healthy person, who takes such baths, may feel no immediate harm; 
on the contrary, the efiect of having the pores of one's skin opened, and of the massage 
treatment, may appear to him beneficial ; but the detrimental influence becomes 
evident at once upon a debilitated system. Physicians who have been in the habit of 
recommending such baths to their patients as a last resource, will do well to consider 
this matter carefully. — A. R. 

Fig. 35 — Back Encumbrance. 

Head, normal. Neck, normal in front, a little too large behind. Back, with a most un- 
common deposit of matter; it is owing to the formation of this lump, that the head has re- 
mained comparatively free from encumbrance. 

Fig. 36 — Front and Side Encumb range. 
(Scrofulous child.) 

Head, too large. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, compressed. Nose, too thick. Mouth 
open. Face, square. Jaw-line, absent. Neck, too short and too thick. 

Fig. 37 — Front and Side Encumbrance. 
(Scrofulous child.) 

Head, too large. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, almost normal. Nose, too large. Mouth, 
open. Face, almost square. Jaw-line, missing. Neck, too short and too thick. 


Fever is the natural endeavor of the body to rid itself of foreign 
matter* As long as this is not understood by the medical school, 
they will continue to stifle and suppress it, and so to induce the de- 
velopement of consumption and other fatal conditions. As a rule, 
the foreign matter reaches the lungs from above, and only after the 
head and shoulders have become fully charged. In some instances, 
however, the head remains free, and the foul deposit enters the 
lungs directly from the shoulders and neck. Thus, coming from 
above, the trouble effects the apexes of the lungs first. Usually, per- 
sons in whom consumption afterwards develops, were full and well 
nourished when young. Even then, however, a considerable pres- 
sure upwards could have been noticed,** and lumps were beginning to 
form in the abdomen. The face, too, was flushed and shiny, and 
became more angular with age. (Figures 37, 38 and 39). Later 
on, the mouth was kept open, especially during sleep. This ten- 
dency is hardly noticeable at first, but, as it increases, catarrh of 
the nose and tl^roat becomes chronic. The nose may even become 
black inside, which, however, would indicate an advanced stage of 
encumbrance. When the body begins to sink and grow emaciated, 
it is first noticeable in the nose, which becomes conspicuously thin- 
ner. The apparent lengthening of the neck and shrinking of the 
shoulders, is due to the fact that the head is less affected, and the 
matter has settled principally in the shoulders.*** 

A person predisposed tolungtrouble, is usually somewhat bloated 
in appearance, showing pressure toward the head.** All children 
with large heads (figures 37, 38, 49 and 51) are more or less scrof- 

* If the deposits of foreign matter in the system are the result of improper food 
only, they would then probably consist of half digested and unassimilated material, 
which forms excellent food for microbes. These minute organisms decompose this 
matter, and this gives rise to what is termed *fever.' The deposits are transformed 
by this process so, that the blood is able to absorb and carry them to the depurating 
organs. Microbes, in this light, are seen to be far from injurious. It is the impuri- 
ties which they devour, which are the re«l cause of the disorder. Quinine, and other 
drugs, given to kill microbes, kill the living tissues of our bodies at the same time ; 
and really shorten our lives, while they do not benefit us even for the moment. — A. R. 

** This is mdicated by the disappearance of the nape-and jaw-lines. — A. R. 

*** I would rather pay that part of the lungs being expectorated, the upper portion 
of the chest collapses, drawing the shoulders and collar bones down. But, as the 
head is retained in its position by the spinal column, the neck must necessarily be 
lengthened out. — A .R. 



ulous, and have probably inherited, from encumbered parents, the 
seeds of tuberculosis. The fight against the disease should com- 
mence immediately upon these first indications of trouble. As a 
rule, such children are liable to frequent coughs and colds, as the 
body thus endeavors to throw off the foul matter with which it is 
charged. Whatever is expectorated, or escapes from the nose, dur- 
ing such salutary crises, is only corrupt matter, of which the system 
is well rid. With frontal encumbrance, this natural effort is often 
entirely successful. Persons so affected, frequently attain an ad- 
vanced age. But, with encumbrance of the back, the vitality soon 
becomes too low to endure such crises, and succumbs to the surfeit 
of accumulation. Often the system tries to cleanse itself by 
means of ulcers and carbuncles, which carry off large quantities of 
foul matter from the body. But, in this case also, if the vitality has 
become too low, the effort proves too severe, and the foul matter, 
unable to escape, falls back upon the lungs, and lumps or tubercles 
are formed. These are really only internal ulcers, causing no pain, 
but producing, after a time, a general feeling of debility. Even this, 
however, often fails to warn the patient of tjie very serious condi- 
tion indicated by it. Very much the same explanation is applicable 
to lumps and excrescences of all kinds, such as piles, malignant 
growths, etc. Plague sores, too, are no exception. They are merely 
the result of nature's effort to cleanse the body. The fatality at- 
tending this endeavor, simply indicates the low vitality prevalent. 
Leprosy, too, that most dreaded form of disease, is quite similar in 
origin. Lumps form near the surface of the body, usually when the 
skin has relinquished all effort to secrete the sweat. The forma- 
tion of any lumps indicates serious disorder, as well as a vitality too 
low to throw this off by natural means. 

These symptoms follow heavy encumbrance of the back, and 
are rarely noticed with frontal affection. If the patient's vitality 
can be raised to such a degree as to enable the system to cleanse it- 
self by means of ulcers, etc., cure is (juite possible. These two forms 
of disease, leprosy and consumption, have many points in common. 
Both appear in tropical countries, and arise from much the 
same ch«aracter of encumbrance, though we have no lack of con- 

Fig. 38 — Front and Side Encumbrance. 
(lungs affected.) 
Head, its size almosti normal, too broad below. Forehead, normal.'' Eyes, normal. Nose, 
swollen, chronically sore inside. Mouth, open. Face, square. Jaw line, missing. Neck, 
covered with lumps; fixed. 

Fig. 39 — Universal Encumbrance. 
(lungs affected.) 
Head, its size normal. Forehead, normal. Eyes, somewhat compressed, dull, 
a trifle too thick. ^Mouth, open. Face, square and bloated. Jaw-line, disappeared. 


Fig. 40 — Universal Encumbrance. 
(lungs affected.) 
Head, its size normal. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, dull. Nose, too thick. Mouth, 
open. Jaw-line, missing. Neck, stiff and too long. Chest, fallen in. 


suniptive cases in our temperate climate. Both also are the result 
of medically suppressed or mismanaged fever , or perhaps syphilis. 
If syphilis, treated in the usual way with mercury, has preceded the 
appearance of leprosy, the cure of this latter condition is almost im- 
possible. Leprosy, like any other sickness, is accompanied by fever. 
The inability of the medical schools, to cope with this form of disorder, 
lies in the fact that they are utterly ignorant of its nature. In this case, 
they cannot effect even a sham-cure by suppressing the disturbance, 
and driving it to another part of the body, because the whole 
system is already overcharged with foul deposit. Despite the isola- 
tion of every case, this form of disease continues to develop, and 
physicians are still at a loss to account for its appearance. Bacilli 
of course, are named as the cause, but, in reality, so-called medical 
science is wholly ignorant of its nature and origin. 

By Facial Diagnosis, however, even a tendency toward this or 
any form of disease, is easily detected, and the patient is warned of 
the consequence of thoughtless delay and fatal indifference. There 
is no doubt that leprosy, even after it is sufficiently dev^eloped to be 
recognized by a medical man, can be cured, if Water Cure methods 
are used in time. It originates, like all other forms of disease, in 
impure blood, and is curable by natural methods of purification, if 
treated before the loss of too much vital power. 

Facial Diagnosis in Practice. 

I have described to the reader the various symptoms by which 
the different forms of disease may be recognized. I shall now en- 
deavor to place him in a position to acquire sufficient skill in the 
practice of Facial Diagnosis to be of benefit in his daily life. "Prac- 
tice makes perfect/' and skill in diagnosis increases with its use. 
This can be done, however, without making oneself an obnoxious 
member of society, or persisting in one's observations to the annoy- 
ance of others, as well as to the detriment to the cause of the new 
science. I will here give a guide to this practice — the result of a number 
of examinations, with illustrations of the same. It is to be regretted, 
however, that such indications, as the hue of the complexion, and 
manner of turning the head, etc., are impossible of reproduction. 
Often, of the encumbrance, too, only a portion can be shown. 

I. A girl, as rei)re8ented in figure 11, comes to us for examina- 
tion. First, we notice her carriage and complexion. The former is 
not good, the head being inclined too far forward. The latter is too 
pale, to indicate health. The presence of foreign matter about the 
eyes, is easily recognized from their partly closed condition. This 
may eventually result in blindness. The whole head, too, is evi- 
dently very much encumbered. This is frontal in character, as 
the jaw-line is found to be much back of the ear. There is also 
encumbrance of the back, but to a less degree. By turning the head 
upwards, the nape-line is found to be almost normal. But, at the 
same time, considerable swelling and tension of the neck becomes 
apparent, and, on turning the head from side to side, trifling 
encumbrance of both sides becomes noticeable. This latter, however, 


is slight, compared with the frontal affection indicated by the 
abdominal and the serious eye affection. But, as all front encum- 
brance is comparatively easy of treatment, even such symptoms 
need not be considered as alarming. 

Of course, all local treatment of the eyes would he useless. The 
only mode of cure would consist in removing the foul deposits from 
the abdomen. In this way, the eyes will soon be restored to their 
normal condition.* 

The sore on the arm is flue to the fact that the blood had been 
entirely vitiated by vaccination and inoculation with tuberculine. 
Even a few weeks of natural treatment, in this case resulted in 
restored vision, and greatly reduced encumbrance in every direction. 

II. At first glance, the api^eaiance of the boy in figure 38 would 
indicate a fair degree of health. His complexion, although hardly 
ot the normal, youthful color, is not bad, and his carriage is fine. 
But, on comparing him with a perfectly healthy child, his head is at 
once seen to be too large. This indicates some back encumbrance. 
The facial boundary line or (the jaw-line) is good, but there are 
lumps on the left-side of the neck, which become more obvious as 
the head is turned to the side. 

It the head is bent backwards, we find also a great tension and 
swelling of the muscles in front. Hence the encumbrance is seen to 
be frontal and left-sided. The high temperature, and pressure of 
foreign matter toward the upper part of the body, indicate a far 
more considerable encumbrance of the body than at first appeared. 
This has settled partly in the forehead and partly in the neck, where 
it has formed into lumps. Similar swellings are to be found on the 
left side of the abdomen. Palpitation of the heart is another un- 
mistakable symptom, as well as imperfect action of the pores, 
which always follows left-sided encumbrance. Digestion is, of 
course, impaired, and, should the matter rise still higher on the left 
side, headache, ear-ache, and loss of hair would result. In course 
of time, rheumatism may develop, and lumps appear upon the top of 

♦Specialists for the eyes, mainly restrict their efforts to that organ, and conse- 
quently, instead ot producing a cure, make the patient worse. — A. E. 


the head. As the encumbrance has settled in the neck, the chest is also 
in danger, and a dry cough would indicate certain affection of the 
lungs. The treatment for this case would consist in alleviating 
baths and a suitable diet. This would prevent the progress of the 
accumulations, and reduce the internal temperature. The patient . 
being young, and suffering from little encumbrance of the back, there 
is no reason whatever, why persistence in these methods should not 
effect a perfect cure. Though, of course, as the deposit has already 
manifested itself in lumps, some time would be necessary for this. 

III. In figure 7, the man's carriage is quite good. Though his 
complexion is of a slightly grayish tint toward -^he lower part of 
the face; it -is otherwise almost normal. TheJace is somewhat 
awkward in shape. A glance at the side of the head and neck, shows 
us that this is another case of frontal encumbrance, for the jaw-line 
is almost entirely obliterated. On bending the head backwards, the 
neck appears swollen quite to the chin. Turning the head from side 
to side, however, no tension is observed, hence we infer that there is 
no side-encumbrance. The nape-line is good, so the back is evi- 
dently not affected. Loss of teeth and hair, and, possibly, some 
trouble with the eyes may be expected. But, as the trouble is en- 
tirely frontal, proper treatment in time will avert all this, and the 
patient may be assured a long and healthful life. 

IV. In figure 16, the patient meets us with head inclined to the 
left, which at once shows her trouble to be of the right side. In fact, 
while the left side of the face is almost normal, the whole right side 
is unusually large and shiny. Turning the head, proves beyond 
doubt that this side is seriously affected. Foreign deposits in the 
right groin will probably result from this, as well as head, ear, and 
tooth-ache. But as perspiration is still normal, many serious con- 
sequences from colds, etc., are averted. As all the organs of the 
right side sj^mpathize more or less, any acute disease would become 
evident there, first. Proper treatment Avould, however, overcome 
dangerous tendencies, and avert possible troubles. 

V. Infigurel7, wefind the maji's left shoulder a little higher than 
the right. The head is a little to one side, and in fact, the whole body 
is somewhat off centre. The left side is broader and stouter than 


the right ; a fact which even the tailor's art fails to conceal from the 
practiced eye of one accustomed to Facial Diagnosis. The pale com- 
plexion and despondent mien are also unmistakable symptoms. 
The right side, however, is found to be perfectly free of encumbrance, 
the front slightly affected, and the ba^k considerably so. Of course, 
the abdomen is involved, and quite sizable lumps are found on the 
left side, which render many diseased conditions possible. Heart 
trouble, too, is likely, and a tendency to rheumatism, and perhaps 
apoplexy. These, of course, would cjiiefiy attack the left side. In 
such cases, perhaps, a total cure would not be possible, but great 
amelioration and relief could be obtained.* 

VI. Figure 20 shows a man who at first sight seems quite vig- 
orous. A closer examination, however, discovers signs of over-feed- 
ing; and the body slightly inclines forward. His face, too, is quite 
flushed, and thick cushions of foreign matter are found on the fore- 
head. From the absence of the nape-line, this is evidently a case of 
back-encumbrance. Indeed, the deposits in the neck have made it 
almost impossible to turn the head without moving the whole 
body. There is no front-encumbrance evident, but the indurated 
swelling proves that both sides are affected. The patient is very 
nervous, probably suffers from piles, and is incapable of any pro- 
longed effort of the memory or attention; or, in fact, mental or 
physical exertion of any kind. Indeed, he is really in great danger of 
serious mental derangement. In a case like this, a complete cure can 
be expected only after long treatment. But a few weeks will show 
a considerable improvement, as the encumbrance has not yet 

VII. The man in figure 2 approaches withjshort, slow steps. 
His carriage is not bad, but his flushed, shiny complexion indicates 
deep sweated trouble. His unusual stoutness, too, indicates great 
encumbrance. The cushions of fat on the forehead, have almost 

* I must differ from this opinion. I hold that the power of the Water jCure has 
not, as yet, beea fully tested. We are only on the threshold of the possibilities 
opened to us by these natural curative methods. I am convinced that etoery sicli- 
ness can be cured, unless the vital parts of the body have been actually destroyed. 
Mere encumbrance is rtiM>ay< curable, no matter how extensive; though, of course, 
\)y use of the limited number of methods to which Louis Kuhne confines_himself, it 
is much longer in yielding to the treatment. — K. A. 

Fig. 41 — Front and Side Encumbrance. 
Body, emaciated. Head, bent forward; its size normal. Eyes, dull. Nose, normal in 
form, sore inside. Mouth, open. Face, too lean, of ashy hue. Jaw-line, normal. Neck, too 
long, immovable, with lumps. Nape-line, normal. Chest, sunk in. Forehead, free of en- 
cumbrance, and hair is luxurious. Shoulders, sloping, indicating lungs collapsed. No en- 
cumbrance of the back, hence the mind is clear. Patient is free of pain; serene expression of 
countenance ; hopes for recovery to the last. 

Fig. 42 — Front and Side Encumbrance. 
Front view of the person represented in Fig. 41. 


closed the eyes. The full, hanging cheeks, and his dull stare, show- 
plainly that the whole head is surcharged, and mental obscurity 
probable. The swollen, rigid neck, is almost as large as the head, 
and both nape and jaw-line are wholly obliterated. This is a case 
of universal encumbrance, advanced to a high degree. The major- 
ity of people however J totally ignorant of the stancjard of normal 
development, would consider this stoutness a sign of health. The 
patient has probably been excited and nervous for a long time, and, 
possibly, has suffered with piles. He has, very likely, also been 
troubled with constipation and indigestion from his youth. In- 
somnia, too, is probably chronic, owing to the constant fever rag- 
ing within. The loss of ability to perspire, has increased the 
upward pressure of the encumbrance. Although still in middle life, 
this sufferer is as impotent as a very old man. With such encum- 
brance, any acute form of disease is possible, and, unless treated at 
once, total loss of the mental faculties is inevitable. Complete cure 
is well-nigh impossible, and any abatement of this complication 
should be considered a great gain; especially as, in the nature of this 
diseased condition, the patient lacks energy to pursue any vigorous 

VIII. Figure 41 represents a man of some thirty years of age. 
His face is haggard, his head drooping, and his complexion pale, 
dull, and lifeless. All this indicates impaired digestion. The body 
is unable to get sufficient nourishment, because the food taken is not 
assimilated. The chest, too, is sunken; and the neck, long and thin, 
shows many lumps. (Figure 42 shows front view of the same.) 
It is plainly a case of front-encumbrance. On account, however, of 
the drying up of the foreign deposits, and the emaciation of the 
muscleS; the jaw-line has again become normal. In bending the 
head backwards, the strong tension becomes apparent, and the 
lumps grow more prominent. Both sides of the neck, also, show" 
considerable tension and enlargement, but the forehead is free, and 
the hair luxuriant. There is evidently no encumbrance of the back, 

* Again, I must disagree with such a conclusion. I know, by long experience, 
the wide possibilities open to the practice of Water Cure methods, and I am confident 
that even so obstinate a case as the one described, would yield, in time, to proper 
treatment. — A. R. 


' and the patient's mind is consequently clear. But the deposit in the 
neck has increased to such an extent, as to force it down upon and 
into the lungs, hence the sinking of the chest. The chronic charac- 
ter of the ailment precludes pain, and consequently the patient's 
countenance is tranquil. He is one of those sufferers, who continue 
to hope for recovery until the last moment, and yet, though im- 
provement is quite possible, the practiced eye can see at once that 
his chance for life is very small.* If the patient's con- 
dition had been rightly understood a year earlier, help would 
have been quite possible. 

IX. As the boy in figures 51 and 52 approaches us, we see at 
once that the face is flushed and the head too large, and bent for- 
ward. The neck also is too short. Detailed examination shows 
universal encumbrance, which has proceeded from all sides up to- 
wards the head, and settled in the eyes. His abdomen, too, is 
bloated, as can be seen in both figures. While an ignorant obser- 
ver might think this child robust, intelligent observation proves 
him to be seriously afflicted. As a matter of fact, when he came to 
me, he was almost blind, but in these illustrations his condition had 
already been greatly improved by Water Cure; and the swelling in 
the abdomen as well as the inflammation about the eyes, had both 
been considerably reduced. 

* I cannot agree with this view. 

See **Nature versus Drugs," by Aug. F. Reinhold, M. A. 


Cleansing the body of its impurities^ is tlie only rational, in fact 
the only possible, way of curing disease. A mere suppression of 
some symptoms, shifting the matter from one place to another, as 
is done by drugs, is no cure. On the contrary, it is a real injury. 
This latter, however, is the course invarisjbbly pursued by our medi- 
cal empiricists. Some other peoples' attempts at cure, aim 
more or less consciously at the true cause of all sickness, 
viz: poisonous encumbrance, but their methods are 'unreliable, 
and their success uncertain. In my *^New Science of Heal- 
ing," * I have minutely discussed and demonstrated the one 
efficient method of cure. Here, I can only briefly i*efer"to it. 
But I wish to add an additional illustration of the fact, that 
cure in any and every case is simply removal of encumbrane. 
By Facial Diagnosis, too, it is possible to determine whether the re- 
covery is real and complete, or whether only a considerable im- 
provement has been effected by suppression of the most serious 
symptoms. In figures 43 and 44, a woman is shown with con- 
siderable side-encumbrance. For ten years, all the means known to 
so-called medical science were tried, to no avail. The lumps in the 
throat continued. Finally, she decided to test my methods, and 
figure 45 shows the improvement after two years and a half of this 
treatment. Not only have the lumps disappeared, but all other 
signs of sickness as well.** The face has lost its anxious expression, 
the cheeks have grown fuller, and the mouth is no longer ajar as 
before. The complexion, once pale, has become of a natural health- 
ful tint, and the throat has grown round and smooth. With 
perfect digestion, too, has come happiness, which is the truest beau- 

*8ee 'Principles of Water Care/ by Aug. F. Belnhold, M. A. 

** Water Cure treatment takes no more account of a dozen forms of disease, than 
of one. They aU spring from the same source. When this is removed, they disap- 
pear. The same treatment that lessons one phase of the disorder, assists In the cure 
of aU the others at the same time. Besides, we have no doubt that by a greater 
variety of applications than Etihne employs, the above happy result might have been 
achieved in much less time.^A. B. 


Figures 46 and 47 also illustrate the change that took place, 
under this treatment, in another instance. The former illustration 
shows the man greatly encumbered. He is suffering from nervous- 
ness, and is in constant danger of developing some acute form of 
disease. In the latter view, he appears quite thin, but it must be 
remembered that all impurities have to be expelled, before healthy 
tissues can be built up. This man, now, despite his advanced age, 
is in a fair condition to gradually increase his weight with healthy 
flesh and blood.* 

In the following letter,** this patient describes his treatment of 
himself according to my methods. Knowing his advanced age, I, 
personally, would hardly have dared to prescribe such rigorous treat- 
ment. He writes: — 

"Neither of the enclosed photog:raphs has been retouched, as I 
wished you to see me exactly as I was. The first was taken in 
1889, when I was dismissed from Dr. K's sanitarium, as cured. But 
who could mistake that for the picture of a well man? I could have 
laughed at the idea, were the matter not such a serious one to me. 
The second photograph was taken after three years and a half of 
careful adherence to Kuhne's diet, and methods in general. Even 
now, I still take daily three friction baths, of thirty or forty 
minutes each. I take the first at about six in the morning. From 
eight till nine o'clock, I walk (barefoot, if possible). This I vary 
with gymnastic exercises in a sunny wood, dressed only in shirt 
and trousers. From nine to elev^en, I work, after which I take 
another friction bath, and, later, dinner. Then I rest until two 
o'clock,^ and afterwards work until five. Between that and six 
o'clock, I take a walk ; at seven, a friction bath; and at nine, I re- 
tire. My diet from January 1890, until August 1892, was regu- 
lated as follows : Three meals daily ; mornings and evenings, only 
whole meal bread or meal unprepared, and eaten dry; also fruit — 
chiefly apples and grapes. For dinner, I took vegetables and various 
dishes made of flour and fruit. Fruit should always be taken raw, 

* Water Cure restores both tnental and physical equilibrium and norm. As an 
instance, in the physical line, the obese lose their abnormal weight, while the unnat- 
urally thin begin at once to gain in flesh. — A. R. 

** Only the essential portions are given. — A. R. 

Fig. 44 front and Side Encumbrance. 

(The same person Fig. 43.) 
Head, of normal size. Forehead, normal. Eyes, normal. Nose, Dormal. Mouth, open. 
Face, too lean. Jaw-line, obliterated. Neck, shows large lumps. Nape-line, normal. 

Fig. 45 — Normal Figure. 
Represents the same person as Fig. 43 and 44, after taking the Water Cure. 

Fig. 46— General Encumbrance. 

Head too large. Forehead, cushioned. Eyes, compressed. Nose, too thick. Mouth, 
open. Javf-line, obliterated. Neck, too thick. Shoulders, sloping very much. Very neivous. 

Fig. 47 — Represents person in fig. 46 after taking the Water Cure. 


and never boiled. Since Atigust 1892, 1 have taken all food raw. 
Breakfast and supper continued the same; but for dinner, all vege- 
tables were taken uncooked, except potatoes, which were partially 
cooked, and seasoned with a little lemon juice. Bread was totally 
discarded, and replaced by raw meal ; from January, 1893, until 
August of the same year, I took only two meals a day, omitting 
breakfast; but continuing the same bill of fare for the two other 
meals. I found, in this way, that I worked with greater facility. 
Since August 1893 until this present date, I have taken breakfast 
and dinner, and omitted supper. The pictures speak for themselves, 
and need no comment. I must add, that, although I am fifty-five 
years of age, a new molar appeared, (but remained only for a year, 
however,) and the bald spot on top of my head has become fully 
covered with hair. Now, I am trying a daily sun, and air-bath, and 
find their effects decidedly b^^neficial." 

Increasing the Vitality. 

In order to restore a body to its normal state of health, every 
available means to that end must be considei*ed and utilized. 
The degree of vitality is the foundation upon which we build. When 
this has become serioush'' lowered by the pressure of poisonous en- 
cumbrance, every effort must be made to raise it; and everything 
that tends to reduce it, must be avoided. The common sources of 
our vitality are the food we eat, and the air we breathe. These, of 
course, play an important part in the restoration as well as in the 
preservation of health. I shall take up the question of nutrition 
more in detail under the following heads : 

l.-What Shall We Eat? 

2.-Where Shall We Eat? 

3.-_When Shall We Eat ? 

* See * Nature vs. Drugs/ by August F. Beinhold, M. A. 

What Shall We Eat ?* 

This question has been answered at length in my text book on 
"The New Science of Healing." * * The fact that we have teeth, indi- 
cates plainly that our diet should consist principally of solid sub- 
stances, I fully indorse the so-called Dry Diet, especially for sufferers 
from indigestion. With these, liquid foods, such as soups, milk, 
coffee, wine, etc., agree but poorly, and can never prove of any real 
benefit to them. From the experience of a number of dyspeptics*** I 
have gained the following general points: Cooked food is always 
less digestible than the raw article. Slightly unripe fruit is more 
easily digested than that fully ripened. Young leaves are especially 
good for a weak digestion. Of course, only small amounts can be 
taken at a time. Nature will indicate, when sufficient has been con- 
sumed. At first, unripe food is apt to cause diarrhoea, because, 
being readily digested, it also throws out other materials with it. 
This irregularity, however, soon passes off, and then it aids in the 
process of digestion. Fruit is always most wholesome when 
gathered directly from the tree. Domestic Iruits are consequently 
preferable to those imported. As a rule, we may infer that nature 
produces in each locality the proper food for people living there. 
Where this is not the case, the countrv is not fit for human habita- 
tion. In point of fact, no Esquimau is quite healthy, and never 
attains any great age. The average vitality with them is low, 
and it is more than probable that their life, as a race, will be short. 
I must devote a few remarks to the feeding of children. For infants, 
the mother's milk is the only natural diet. Children, deprived of 
this, are prone to encumbrance, and consequently to all sorts 

*** As to these points, I have arrived at a similar conclusion by means of induc- 
tive reasoning only by starting from entirely different premises. For this, and also 
in reference to the notes * and **, see 'Nature vs. Drugs* by Aug. F. Beinbold, M. A. 

Fig. 48^Normal Form. 

All parts harmoniously developed. Head, of normal size. Specially observe the 
normal size of the abdomen. The child was nursed by its mother, and could walk when 
9 months old. It was one year old, when photographed. 


of disease. See Nat. vs Drugs. Figure 48 shows a child nursed by- 
its mother. Compare this with those in figures 49 and 50. 
These latter were fed upon artificial foods. Their heads are too 
large, and their abdomens higher than is normal. Such 
children, too, are apt to be unnaturally precocious. But they are 
the more to be pitied on that very account. This artificial stimula- 
tion of their mental faculties is really a sign of disease* despite their 
fine promise and their parents' pride; they rarely fulfill the hope& 
built upon them. Phrenologists, too, have failed to recognize this' 
as a disease. I have seen children who at the age of seven, con- 
versed with the sagacity of a person of twenty years. After attain^ 
ing to that age, however, they will, as a rule, be found far behind 
their companions. This explains the musical infant phenomena, who, 
at first, attract great attention, and th^n disappear, after reaching 
a certain age, rarely succeeding in becoming true artists, i Figure 52 
shows a boy who is now being exhibited to admiring crowds in 
large cities, as an infant prodigy. He seems of robust built. Medi- 
cal examination failed to find anything abnormal about his physi- 
cal condition. Facial Diagnosis, however, seeing more clearly and 
deeply into the matter, reads the riddle aright. It warns the 
guardians of such dise£),sed **children against the future, probably in 
store for them. The abnormally vaulted forehead and glassy eyes 
indicate great pressure. The digestion cannot be normal. Quite 
a degree of side and front-encumbrance probably exists. The width 
of the top of the head indicates abnormal brain-development, which 
means serious disorder.*** 

* Not from the start ; but it may lead to it. See note ** on this page, and aleo 
the note on pages 95 and 100. — A. B. 

**They are not diseased in the beginning. Mere warning is useless. Their 
ambition must be ourbed, and great attention given to their physical development. 
—A. R. 

***! would give a dlflferent explanation of the matter. All encumbrance in th® 
system is of course simply dead inorganic matter. If this were deposited in th^ 
brain, it might lead to phenomenal ohacurity, but, in my opinion, it could never stimu- 
late mental action, nor produce a wealth of ideas. A. B» 

Fig. 49. Uniyebsal Encumbrance. 

Bodji top thick and awkward. Head, too large. Forehead, cushioued. Nose, 
too thick. Mouth, open, l^eck^ too short and thick. Jaw-line, mlssiog. Abdomen 
much too large. Arms and legs, too clumsy. The child was brought up on sterilized 
milk, and when 1 year and 9 months, it was scarcely able to sit alone. 

FlOS. 50 AND 51. — UNIYBBSAIi Enouhbbanob. 

A child of three years, seen trom the front and the side. Body, awkward. 
Head, too large. Forehead, highly cushioned. Eyes, compressed, almost blind. 
Jaw-line, missing. Keck, stiff, the head can scarcely be turned. Abdomen, I hanging 
down, full of foreign matter. Arms and legs, thick, stiff and inflexible. Had been 
fed with sterilized milk. An example of artificial feeding. 


The process of digestion begins with mastication, and ends 
( with a part) in the evacuations. The rest is elaborated in the blood- 
vessels, lungs, liver, etc., and, finally, the last remnants are secreted 
by the skin, lungs, and kidneys. It is a great mistake to try to in- 
ffuence the process of digestion in any way, as is often attempted by 
means of drugs and predigested foods * This work belongs wholly 
to nature. The whole process is so closely connected, that, to try 
to forestall or interfere with this or that detail, can only do harm, 
retard nature's efforts, and lead to other irregularities in the body. 
Through the process of digestion, the body elaborates all the 
mat-erials necessary for its own well being. It is like a distillery, 
where extracts of various substances are made. In artificially re- 
lieving any organ of its proper work, that organ is weakened and 
disabled for future service*"^ When the digestive apparatus has 
become impaired, it should be made to work only on limited 
amounts of food, and on such materials, as will *most readily yield 
their nutriment. In thus economizing our powers, we shall be able 
to invigorate the whole body more easily and quickly. 

***Whenachild first exhibits unusual talents, I believe the brain is 
free from encumbrance, and to this extent I hold with the phrenolo- 
gists. But the nerves soon become overtaxed and irritated by this 
excessive activity. The blood is then unduly claimed in this portion 
of the body, to the detriment of the health of the others. Digestion 
thus suffers, and consequently encumbrance increases. This exists as 
impurity in the blood, and is deposited of course where the supply of 
blood is most copious. This is always at the point of irritation, 
which is consequently the spot most easily inflamed and most sus- 
ceptible to disorder. Instructors have always insisted that preco- 
cious children should be curbed rather, than encouraged in mental 
activity, and they are right. If the physical culture and develop- 
ment of the individual could keep pace with the mental, and the 
whole be in perfect health and proportion, there would be nothing 
alarming in infant precocity. It is not a high order of intellect that 
is to be regarded as abnormal, but the development of mental facul- 
ties at the expense of the physical. — A. R. 

*The8e should be most carefully avoided ; otherwise the degeneration of the 
digestive organs is the Inevitable result.— A. B. 

**Just as for strengthening the muscles, we exercise them judiciously. In- 
activity would only weaken them. — A. B. 

Fig. 52. Fbont and Side Enguhbbanob. 

Body, normal. Head, too wide on top. Forehead, protruding. Eyes, staring* 
No 96 and mouth, normal. 

Where Shall We Eat? 

As mentioned before, much depends upon the lung-food, or air, 
being of the proper kind. Good pure air is as necessary to life, and to 
the raising of our vital power, as good food is. When eating, we invol- 
untarily breathe more deeply, and, during mastication, some air is 
swallowed as well. It isbest, therefore, to eat in the open air, or, 
at least, in well-ventilated dining rooms.* 

♦Those who exercise in the open air, have almost invariably a regular, healthful 
appetite. Even a day's excursion proves this to every one. — A. R. 

When Shall We Eat? 

In general, we may answer, eat when hungry. But hunger can 
also be regulated to a great extent. Most people live so unnatur- 
ally, that their hunger is usually ill-timed and morbid. Wild ani- 
mals take their principal meal in the early part of the day. Nature 
indicates this as best. In fact, the day may be divided into two dis- 
tinct parts or times. The earlier part is that of animation and ac- 
tivity, beginning with sunrise and the awaking of nature. Taking 
the Sun (which is necessary to any form of life) as a guide, the Time 
of Calmness, and comparative composure, would increase gradually 
from noon on to the close of the day. Night would naturally be 
the time of least activity, or, |)erhaps, of none at all. Many 
people, however, quite reverse this order. They make the evening 
and night the time of most activity, excitement, and drain upon the 
vitality. The digestive organs, too, are found to be more vigorous 
in the morning. From this, we would naturally infer that they 
should be given the greater labor at that time. Some one may 
raise the objection that many persons, especially the sick, lack this 
vigorous appetite in the early part of the day. From this, they ar- 
gue that they should not eat until hunger is felt. This condition is 
due either to present disease, or injurious habits in the past. In 
either case it is not normal. The gratification of such unnatural 


desires only leads to dangerous results. Turning night into day, 
and bed-time into dinner-time, has caused this century of ours to be 
styled the ** nervous age." This is the cause, also, of many of the 
serious maladies arising from back-encumbrance. Food taken at 
unnatural hours, cannot be thoroughly digested. It keeps the di- 
gestive organs at hard labor during sleep, when they should be at 
rest with the other portions of the body. It is a tax rather than an 
assistance. Unnatural cravings for food should be overcome. A 
little intelligent perseverance will soon bring most happy results.* 
One may imagine, it would prove a difficult thing to reverse the 
order ot one's life. If the new order be natural, however, it will prove 
comparatively easy, for the body readily adopts normal habits. 
Try going to bed early without your supper, and do not yield to 
the lassitude that would keep you from rising early in the morning. 
Your appetite will be improved, and your vitality will gradually 
be restored, as this mode of life becomes habitual. All active work 
should be performed in the animating or earlier part of the day. 
The act oi procreation, also, should take place during this period, 
as it will thus exert a lastingly beneficial [influence upon the fruit. 
The body is unfitted for this important function in the evening 
and early part of the night, because it is debilitated from the cares 
and labors of the day.^* 

I know by experience that vitality can be regained more 
rapidly and retained much longer, by observing this natural 
division of the parts of the day. The reason that acut^e forms 
of disease show more malignity during the latter part of the 
day and night, is because the system is less able to resist them 
at that time. This should teach us that no unnecessary tax ought 
to be put upon our vitality at this time of natural repose. 

♦The sick or those who are not exercising, should eat lightly, though perhaps 
more often than those engaged in hard manual labor. With these latter, the blood 
cannot be performing its functions in two places at one time. — A. R. 

**As to Its frequency, see * Nature vs. Drugs,' by Aug. F. Relnhold, M. A. 

The Relation of Facial Diagnosis to Phrenology. 

Phrenologists claim that each particular faculty is located in a 
separate part of the brain. They argue from this, that, if any 
jjart be unusually large, the faculty there situated will be corres- 
pondingly developed. I cannot consume time discussing the de- 
tailed conclusions drawn by phrenologists. There can be no doubt 
that the size and shape of the head indicate, in some degree, the ac- 
tivity of the mind. But it is also true that the normal brain is so 
formed that no single faculty p'redominates, and much of the varia- 
tion in size and contour is simply due to encumbrance. This always 
acts as a stimulant, at first, — as has been shown in the case of pre- 
cocious children — but, later on, the effect is quite the reverse. 

Phrenologists locate benevolence, reverence, hope, etc., in the fron- 
tal lobes of the brain. These are just the faculties or tendencies we in- 
variably find most fully developed in persons with front encum- 
brance. These have what may be called ^tact,' and ^social instinct.' 
People afflicted with back-encumbrance, however, shrink from inter- 
course with their fellow-men. Though the phrenologist has made 
a close study of the various mental developments, he cannot account 
for their origin. 

Now, it is upon this point that great light is thrown 
by Facial Diagnosis. An unequal development of the brain fol- 
lows anj^ encumbrance. Hence, (^ve may conclude that the re- 
moval of the encumbrance will restore the mental equilibrium. This 

*We have now gained a much clearer idea of our position in nature, than was 
possible, prior to the study of comparatifve anatomy and physiology. Now, if 
phrenology is to be raised to the rank of a science, we must widen its scope. We 
must compare, not only the brain and its faculties, but the entire nervous system, 
with the corresponding mental manifestations, as well. This should include all or- 
ganisms, dealing priocipally, however, with vertebrates. Phrenologists commence 
their measurements of the head at the opening of the ear. This, however, is wholly 
arbitrary. It was adopted merely for the sake of convenience, in regard to 
the human brain. With other vertebrate animals, the ear-opening has the most 
varied location. With the horse, for instance, it is quite at the top of the head. The 


point becomes of particular importance regarding the appearance 
of dangerous passions, in consequence of the one-sided development 
of the brain. People lament the indication of such tendencies in 
children. They regard them as the outcome of the times in which 
we live, of the mental atmosphere, etc. In reality, they are the di- 
rect result of diseased physical conditions, and can be overcome and 
eradicated by purifying the physical organism* 

brain is a gradual development of the spinal cord. Hence, to make a comparative 
study of the brains of all vertebrate animals, I think measurement should commence 
from the opening of the skull, where the brain itself starts. There is another 
point, too, that should be taken into account, in this study. With the majority of 
people, the two sides of thw head are unequally developed, and the mental faculties, 
modified proportionately. I know a right-handed man who is very much encum- 
bered on the left sid». Both upper and lower molars on this one side were early 
destroyed, and the whole left side of the skull was much less developed than the 
right. The power of speech, also, was impaired, and mastication difficult. Now I 
believe that by means of the use of artificial teeth in the left jaw, this entire side would 
have been more exercised, and the power of speech restored to its norm. — A. R. 

* From Kuhne's representation, It would appear that front-en sumbrance were 
able to produee the manifestations of Benevolence, Tact, etc. In agreement with 
our notes on page 95, we hold oa the contrary that front encumbrance, being caused 
by a deposit of dead matter, canwof produce any such manifestations of life. De- 
posits can only lead to mental obscurity. Indirectly, however, part of the brain may 
he aroused to abnormal activity by being supplied with an excess of Impure blood. 
This excited state lasts a limited period, and ends in prostration and inaction. Ab- 
normal mental activity cannot exist with chronic conditions of the respective parts 
of the brain. Besides, Kuhne contradicts himself, saying on page 35 'There is 
never an afifeotion of the mind if the encumbrance is entirely frontal.' — ^A. E. 



1 Signs of Health. 2 Symptoms of Disease. 


A Good Appetite for natural food, and a relish for simple, 
healthful articles of diet, are signs of a normal condition of body 
and mind. Satisfaction should be reached before satiation, and 
should be followed by no unpleasant feeling of fullness or tightness. 
Digestion should proceed quietly and unconsciously. 

When Thirsty, there should be desire for fruit, or water only. 

The Urine should be clear, and of a golden yellow color. It 
should have neither a sweet, sour, nor pungent odor, nor should it 
coagulate when boiled. Its voiding should proceed easily, and 
without pain. 

The Faeces should be of a yellowish brown color, solid and 
cylindrical, as seen in healthy animals. They should leave the rec- 
tum without soiling it. 

Healthy Perspiration has no disagreeable odor. 

The Skin should be warm, smooth, elastic, and somewhat 
moist. It should be easy to raise from the forehead, cheek-bones, 
and nape-line. No fatty cushion should settle between the skin and 
bones in these places. Pressing the tip of the finger on any part of 
the skin, the depression thus made should disappear immediately on 
removing the finger, and there should be no wrinkles in the skin. . 

The Complexion should be neither pale nor flushed. It should 
be free from pimples, warts, or ulcers, and nowhere show tension, 
shine, or unnatural discolorations. 

The Hair should be full, and of its natural color. 

The Eyes should be (*lear and bright. 

Respiration should be free from any noise or difficulty. The 
breath should be habitually inhaled through the nose. 

Sleep should be restful, quiet, and uninterrupted. 


The Neck should be free from swellings, or lumps, and its mus- 
cles should be mobile. 

The Abdomen should be soft and low. No young or healthy 
animal has a high abdomen. 

The Head should be symmetrical in shape, and on the centre 
line of the body. 

Both Sides of the body should be equally proportioned. 

Both Shouders should fall in the horizontal line. 

All Parts of the Body should be of proper size, proportion, 
and vitality; in keeping with the person's age, constitution, and 

The Three Lines of Demarcation, which are the jaw-line, nape- 
line and thigh-line, should be clearly defined. 

The Carriacje of a healthy person, should be erect, and Im 
movements should indicate perfect control over his muscles. 

Change in the Temperature or humidity of the atmosphere 
should cause no discomfort whatever. 

The Mind should be well balanced in all its faculties, and the dis- 
position cheerful, hopeful, and benevolent. The healthy body finds 
pleasure in the performance of every function, in seeing, eating, even 
in evacuations from the bowels and bladder, as well as in digestion, 
and the removal of effete products. 

The Sound Body performs all functions without pain, difficulty, 
or the need of artificial stimulants. Neither young nor old should 
at any time be conscious of any particular organ. There should be 
no fluid secretion from the skin or any mucous membrane. Sw^eat- 
ing in summer, however, cannot be considered an indication of any- 
thing abnormal. 

All Sensations, whether physical or mental, should be normal, 
not dull, nor yet supersensitive. A palsied condition of either 
mind or body, is abnormal ; neither should one's equanimity be- 
destroyed by a trifling vexation or a pin prick. 


Symptoms of Disease. 

When the ejections from the bowels look white, black, or gray; 
when they are in the form of hard balls, or liquid matter, or con- 
tain blood, or worms, or have a very offensive odor, it is an indica- 
tion of disease. 

The Skin indicates disorder, when it is soft like velvet, and cush- 
ion-like beneath. It should not be dry and cracking, as is often seen 
on the hands and finger tips. Profuse perspiration, specially in cold 
weather, and, at night, is abnormal. 

Gray Hair generally indicates exhausted vitality. Loss of hair 
shows that the scalp is encumbered. 

All acute disease is preceded, perhaps for years, by continued 
deposits of foreign matter. These sometimes appear as painless 
swellings, or lumps. If distributed, however, evenly over the body, 
they give a person the appearance of being robust. These deposits, 
of course, greatly alter the shape of the body. The color of the 
skin, too, changes to an ashen or yellow hue. The appetite becomes 
morbid; craving for spices, stimulants, etc., leads to lower tastes 
and sexual excesses. 

The Pupil of the Eye should be jet black: grayness indicates 
cataract. The iris should be of uniform color. Brown rays near 
the inner margin, next to the pupil, indicate an affection of the liver, 
r^nd dark irregular spots show quite heavy encumbrance of this or- 
gan. Irregular gray spots in the iris are symptomatic of nervous 
affections. A gray ring about the outer margin, (the so-called Arcus 
Senilis) is a sign of low vitality; and a uniform dull appearance of 
the iris, proves universal encumbrance. The pupil of the eye must 
readily contract under the stimulus of light, and as readily widen 
in darkness. A deficiency in this respect shows great encumbrance. 

Foreign Matter Follows the Law^ of Gravity. Persons 
who sleep habitually on one side, find that side most liable to be 

In Front Encumbrance, the neck swells at the front. * The lips, 

* (In speaking of swellings of the neck, chronic conditions are referred to.) — 
A. R. 


nose, chin, and perhaps the whole face, is enlarged and clumsy. 
The jaw-line disappears, and, possibly a goitre may form. Front 
encumbrance leads also to such acute forms of disease as measles, 
scarlet fever, diphtheria, pneumonia, etc. Other ailments follow, 
such as loss of teeth, (the lower ones first,) loss of hair, (beginning 
^t the front) nervousness, affections of the eyes, etc. This kind of 
encumbrance never leads to mental disorders, and is comparatively 
easy of cure. 

Side Encumbrance is of a more serious nature than the frontal. 
All j»arts of the affected side may be enlarged, and loss of teeth may 
follow. Cords w411 probably appear in the neck, and there will be a 
tension of the muscles w^hen the head is turned. 

In Eight Sided encumbrance, the body perspires freely, and thus 
retards the progress of the deposits. Should this action of the pores 
be checked suddenly, the patient's condition would at once become 
serious. Foot-sweat frequently accompanies right sided encum- 
brance. The liver, too, is affected, giving the complexion a yellow 
tinge. Foot-sweat often acts as a '^safety valve" in complaints of 
the liver. 

In Left Sided encumbrance, the action of the skin is not nor- 
mal. The left kidney, the spleen, and the heart, may be affected. It 
is more dangerous than right sided encumbrance. Kheumatism and 
gout may be expected in a case of this sort; and the heart is almost 
certain to be involved, if left sided encumbrance be combined Avith 
frontal deposit. 

Back Encumbrance is the most dangerous of all. It frequently 
causes affections of the spine, and symptoms of paralysis. The back 
of the neck becomes thick^ and the nape-line is entirely obliterated. 
Loss of hair follow^s, beginning at the back. Encumbrance of the 
back often works up over the head and down into the forehead. As 
soon as the head is affected, nervousness begins, with inattention, 
loss of memory, want of energy, and, perhaps symptoms of insani- 
ty. Here again we see the importance of Facial Diagnosis. It en- 
ables us to discover the approach of insanity, and, consequently, to 
escape it. With children, high fevers accompany back encumbrance 
as well as undue precocity. Adults often have a bloated appearance, 


giving the ignorant, the impression of robust health. Premature 
sexual desires, leading to secret vices, are a consequence of this kind 
of encumbrance. This causes early impotence, incapacity for pro- 
creation, or feeble offspring. A woman with this affection, will be 
liable to miscarriages, or total barrenness, and, in any case, will be 
unable to nurse her children. The kidneys, too, become disordered. 
This is indicated by soft, watery bags beneath the lower eyelid, as 
well as by the character of the urine. Persons suffering with back 
encumbrance become morbid and hopeless, often lacking energy 
even to continue the eliminating baths necessary for care. They 
also appear at a disadvantage in dealing with others, and are apt 
to be "worsted " in a test of skill or mental ability. This affection 
is more common with what are termed the '* better classes." Thus 
we see a constant balancing of accounts between the social strata. 
The poorer, by reason of their greater vitality, gradually rise above 
the average level of intellect. Tlie richer, because of their neglect of 
the laws of health, eventually sink below it. 

With all kinds of Encumbrance, the organs of digestion are af- 
fected, as well as the intestines and lungs. A change in the temper- 
ature, or some mental excitement, often disturbs the deposits of for- 
eign matter to such an extent that inflammation ensues. This may 
result in diarrhoea or costiveness. In either case, it indicates bad 
nourishment or extreme poverty of blood. Sometimes Consump- 
tion follows. This is as easily cured by water processes as any 
other disease, because Facial Diagnosis makes it possible to recog- 
nize tendencies in this direction much sooner than could be done by 
any other method. 

Children With Large Heads, are always scrofulous, and predis- 
posed to consumption. 

Colds are to be regarded as salutary crises, as what escapes 
from the nose, and what is thrown off in expectoration, is only foul 
matter, of which the body is well rid. This also is true of catarrh. 
Physicians fear colds because they do not understand their nature, 
and cannot control them. But the hydro-therapeutist produces this 
effect intentionally, by means of cold water applications. In every 
instance, a cold should be salutary, and is so, if not suppressed by 


poisonous drugs, which stifle nature's efforts toward cure, and retain 
the impurities in the system. Cure is only possible, when the patient 
has sufficient vital power left to work upon. The chief aim, of course,, 
in any treatment, is to increase the amount of vitality. But of course,^ 
there must be a suflScient degree of vitality at the start, to enable 
the patient to undergo this treatment. There is not a single ailment,, 
that has not already succumbed to the Water Cure processes. 


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